2015 was a year of remarkable progress in the consumer drone world, and not least here. As is customary, these are some of the highlights of the year on the DIY Drones and APM software development community.
Overall, the dev team has never been bigger or busier. And the platform is gaining in popularity at an extraordinary rate, and is now the leading open UAV platform in the world, with an estimated 750,000 users based on latest firmware and terrain download data.
DIY Drones grew strongly this year, too (see chart above), with an average of 1,000 new members and 1.3m pageviews per month. More than 1,400 blog posts were published in 2015, and almost 6,000 discussion group threads with nearly 50,000 comments.
Meanwhile, our umbrella organization, the Dronecode Project, grew nearly 200% in 2015, with core projects such as APM and PX4 being joined by big companies such as Qualcomm, Intel, Baidu, Box, Parrot, Yuneec and Walkera as well as sister open source software projects such as ROS (Open Source Robotics Foundation) and OpenTx.
In short, it was a big year! I wanted to take this moment to thank all the people who made it happen:
You all rock. It's an inspiration to see what you make here every day.