Drone Formation Flying.... Just Push Play!

I finally put some time and effort into an integration between Dronekit Python and the Systems Tool Kit (STK) software this past weekend.  My goal was to be able to plan a flight inside of STK, connect to my drone(s), and basically just press play to animate the scenario and see it play out in the sky above me!

The short of the story is that I had great success, but also realized that I could adjust the animation speed on the fly (i.e. play things faster or slower and see the drone(s) respond in the sky), or I could Pause/Reset/Reverse/Etc. at any point during the flight!  It worked great!

Above is a quick video of the setup and my first test with 2 drones flying formations I created in STK.

I hope to have a few more demonstrations of this with a few more drones in the coming days/weeks, but this was a great integration with a lot of capability for controlling the "choreography" of the drones in realtime!

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2016 at 5:06pm

Love this! Great work -- can you post code and instructions?

Comment by Randy on June 15, 2016 at 5:25pm

Looking good!  The viewer looks very responsive.

Comment by Peter Park on June 16, 2016 at 3:47am

I would love to see the instruction and try it myself :) 

Comment by DroneRanger on June 16, 2016 at 6:49am

Thanks!  I plan to do a bit more testing with this over the next week or so, but will definitely push this out for others to use, so stay tuned!

Comment by David T on April 19, 2017 at 11:43am

This is great! DroneRanger, did you ever get a chance to post instructions on this?


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