100 swarming drones from AsTec (now an Intel subsidiary) set a new world record. (The previous record was 30 [correction:the previous record was 50 (thanks Randy)] with a Pixhawk-powered swarm). We're just going to have to wait for the rains to clear and take that record back!

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Comment by Randy on January 7, 2016 at 6:27pm

That's really amazing.  25 vehicles per pilot (4 pilots).

I'd love to assist with any team attempting more than 100 with ardupilot.  We could add some spice by mixing planes and copters perhaps.

A small correction, I think the previous record was 50 (by the same team who did 30 a few months earlier).

Comment by Darrell Burkey on January 7, 2016 at 7:21pm

Don't forget to add rovers in to that mix Randy. And boats. Let's go for it totally! Count me in.

Comment by earthpatrol on January 7, 2016 at 11:26pm

Anyone want to take a guess on how much money was spent to fly 100 aircraft?  I'll bet is was over $500K US(that's about $5K per copter).

My guess is that the DIY community could put up more than 1000 uav's globally using a heterogenous set of aircraft over internet connections for pennies on the dollar of this spectacle. How about a global DIY autonomous flight demonstration to show the power of the DIY/open-source community? If ever there was a time on this planet where people could coordinate their actions, the internet has facilitated that ability. What do you say DIY community? Let's set some global records.

Comment by earthpatrol on January 8, 2016 at 12:48am

@Randy what do you think? A global synchronized set of flights? Using open-source technology, no corporate sponsorship, only the DIY community. It's a great way to collaborate across open-source projects on an effort that seems fairly attainable. Saturday, June 25th, 2016. Whose in? http://loverobot.org

Comment by DBX Drones on January 8, 2016 at 4:42am

Challenge accepted!

Count DBX Team in! Lets do it! 

We can do 1000 with decent internet conection

Comment by Petr Hubacek on January 8, 2016 at 7:29am

That was an amazing control of 100 pixels for a 3D image . wow!

Want a chalenge? Here it is:

What about to make 100 000 pixels. Not only with drones! Just attach a LED tape with 1000 LEDs each to 100 drones and you have 100 k pixels imediately - more than a resolution of 320 x 240 in the air !!

It just would be not easy to don't make accidend with these tapes.

Comment by Petr Hubacek on January 8, 2016 at 7:33am

and sure each LED in each tape have to be controled individualy :-)

Comment by earthpatrol on January 8, 2016 at 11:31am

@DBX Drones high five! I think if enough folks get interested, it could easily go over 10,000 autonomous vehicles in motion. All synchronized, at a minimum to a start event. It could be as simple as the countdown timer on the http://loverobot.org page. Timer expires, trigger the appropriate "go/start" message for the autonomous vehicle to launch. The rest is localized fun.:)

Comment by DBX Drones on January 8, 2016 at 12:52pm

So, lets spread the message!!

Any communication mean suggested? 

Comment by earthpatrol on January 8, 2016 at 5:59pm

I think we go for major cities around the planet. You've got Madrid :) along with any other folks in your network. I'll start beating the bushes and see what kind of traction we can get. I think I will do my own thing no matter the scale. I'll put together a demo video and post here to DIY Drones. Any other ideas for rallying the troops are welcome. Cheers!

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