As some of you may be aware off, there have been a lot of modding/hacking activity with regard to DJI products lately. In what seems to be an response to this, DJI has just taken the unprecedented step of forcing an app update on all users not running the latest GO 4 v.4.1.3 version.
Personally I find this action worrying on many levels. Especially since the only information currently available regarding the forced update, and official statement from DJI is as follows.
Hi Enal, although there are other autopilots that will run ArduPilot (what you probably want), the best and best supported one is almost certainly the Pixhawk Cube from ProfiCNC,
also look at the arducopter links at the top of this web site and you can try my quadcoptersarefun.com site for some somewhat out of date information.
Perhaps I should embellish my earlier comment. The software is fine. Pixhawk is fine. But there isn't anybody making a non-MacGyver ground control station that you can fully program yourself. (Yes, Futaba, I'm looking at you. Who the hell needs a $3000 radio that you can't program?)
There is bigger COTs news coming that will light a fire under Ardupilot. Oh and thishttps://www.suasnews.com/2017/05/global-information-gathering-netwo...
@Gary McCary - all of the higher level functionality in the gimbal/gopro link/smartshots/wifi control/video etc is all proprietary. There is no equivalent in ardupilot. 3dr do a disservice by not releasing this code to the tens of thousands of customers who bought the solo in good faith, as these components/functions can not be supported and improved by the community. Presumably there are licensing/IPR issues around this that precludes their release.
At least the great developers in the ardupilot community have got support for the solo into the latest version of ardupilot, so the craft itself at least has a future.
Hi Nikola and Dusan,
The fact is that ArduPilot is the open source basis of all the code that the Solo uses.
3DR took it off grid with some of the control stuff, but you will find most of it and better in the current versions of Arducopter.
And a live and vital development group continuously looking to improve and supplement it.
Go look at the ArduPilot / Arducopter links at the top of this page.
There is still plenty of development going on and there is even a special version of the Pixhawk 2 / Cube just to replace the Solo autopilot which actually adds functionality.
I agree though that DJI has "Occupied" the Consumer photo video market, they have literally taken it over.
They are now doing things to protect themselves from perceived liability by trying to prevent unauthorized software operation.
If you want to do your own mods, DJI probably isn't best for you.
Unfortunately, I don't see this happening anytime soon. 3DR lost its bearings on consumable/prosumable drone market. Even if they ever publish closed code ( highly doubtable, and why should they ) they will never go back in manufacturing. With all the money and resources they sunk in research and development they have responsibilities toward investors, and by publishing closed code only third parties would benefit.
Only chance is somebody fresh that can build on top of what is in public domain and be doing better job at manufacturing, distribution and support
The 3DR Solo needs to get resurrected and fully open all the source code. We can't have the COTS UAV community ruled by DJI.