Dronecode Foundation more than doubles to 42 company members

From the Dronecode blog:

I'm thrilled to report on Dronecode's community growth and interest in the project. Dronecode is supported by 40+ member companies and continues to welcome new members. We are excited to count AutoModality, Aerotenna, Droidika, DroneDeploy, Falcon Unmanned, Hex Technologies (66Hex), Matternet, ProDrone, SBI Software, Skedans, Yin Yan Model Tech (EMAX) as our newest Silver members. 

Stanford University Aerospace Design Labs, OpenTX Project and Humanitarian UAV network (UAViators) have joined the project as Sponsored members. We look forward to working with our members and developer community to improve the Dronecode UAV platform and technology stack.

Come meet us and interact with project leaders at our first Eurpean event, co-located with Linux Conn and Embedded linux Conference, in Dublin Ireland. Dronecode will be hosting a developer workshop, that will allow ​​participants ​​to ​​get hands on experience ​using ​​the ​​Dronecode ​​technology ​​stack. This workshop will be led by Lorenz Meier, PX4 Project lead and Tully Foote Platform Manager for ROS, October 5th, followed by a “Flight Day” on October 8th. This is a companion ​event ​for ​participants ​to ​show ​off ​their ​UAV ​capabilities ​and ​flight ​skills, ​network ​with ​industry ​insiders, ​in ​a ​safe ​controlled ​environment. This event will occur at an airfield in Newcastle, Ireland. We would like to invite you to participate: 

Register Today for Dublin, Ireland! 

Dronecode project participated in the Interdrone Conference, in Las Vegas last week to overwhelming interest and attention from the InterDrone community. Our sessions were very well attended; not an empty seat in the house! It was exciting to see the range of products and services on offer at the Expo, that were built on the Dronecode stack. I'd like to give a special thanks to our team including Craig Elder, Tom Pittenger and Jamie Machuca for representing Dronecode at Interdrone. 

If you are using Dronecode technologies, we'd like to hear from you and would very much appreciate it if you share that fact. Not only will you be helping spread the word, you will be complying with some of the requirements under the open source licenses of the software projects. We would be happy to help you ensure license compliance. We would be happy to help you ensure license compliance.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 17, 2015 at 11:31pm

Do you have an opinion on the subject Max?

Comment by JB on September 18, 2015 at 12:00am

lol Max

I'd have to agree with the opinion that the world is predominately motivated by money (don't get me started of fiat currency etc!) but there's always exceptions to the rule.

The inventor space you're referring to is more related to copyright and the organisations that (can) protect it to monopolise the market, in order to make money for their corporate dictators! I dream of the day copyright law is extinguished and humanity is allowed to develop without the greed of the monetary fallacy. An individual inventor is only offered copyright protection as deep as his wallet...corporations have no such limitation and simply get finance to fund legal claims of copyright infringement! :-(

As always every organisation is subject to takeover once it achieves financial potential...from their the market will dictate it follow the current(cy). I hope that Dronecode can keep it's open source roots and stem the flow to monetary corruption.  

Comment by John Dennings on September 18, 2015 at 8:50am

Your take on Linux and the Linux foundation? Fujitsu, Intel, Samsung, IBM, ... sponsoring code development to steal ideas and "kill real advancements"?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on September 18, 2015 at 2:24pm

MadMax, can you point to some recent commits to the code base which were not funded by one of the member companies of DroneCode?  You say they are getting people ideas and code for free.  Can you back up that statement with facts?

Comment by Gary McCray on September 18, 2015 at 2:53pm

Can't beliieve you bit on this one Rob,

But I'll stick in my <2 cents too.

No question all these Corporations benefit from both funded and unfunded innovation.

But in a sense, here, that is part of the point.

In the past copyright and patent have been used to try and lock out innovators, with the advent of open source and even open hardware, these companies can benefit from it but have much more limited ability to stifle it.

I'm as anti corporation as they come, right up there with Mad for that matter, but this particular venture is one of the most innovative expressions of corporate and personal interest overlap in the annals of history.

Sure the corporations will try and take advantage of it, that's what corporations do. 

At least here, the individuals and creators can't be simply ignored and told to shut up because it's very basis is "open".

I think Chris has had a considerable hand in sculpting this thing and I hope it works at representing a reasonable confluence of personal and corporate interest.

Should be dynamite if it does.



Comment by John Arne Birkeland on September 20, 2015 at 7:41am

Just look at the drone-discuss APM developer group on google.groups. Every weekend it goes dead with hardly any posts at all. Why you ask, simply because most active developers are doing this professionally.

In this project you have to master many cross fields like electronics, physics, signal filtering, radio, network, hardware and software programming. Being reasonably experienced with R/C also helps a lot. So naturally the threshold for participation is much higher then your average FOSS project.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on September 20, 2015 at 7:55am


An interesting observation about the lack of participation.



Comment by Gary McCray on September 20, 2015 at 11:51am

And all this time I just thought the developers were just out on the weekends actually flying.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on September 20, 2015 at 1:43pm

John: if you actually look at the code development, there's no appreciable slowdown on weekends. 

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on September 20, 2015 at 3:46pm

Not to argue, but overall I see a trend of less activity Saturday and Sunday, and picking up again workdays (especially Mondays). Some weeks there is even the classic finishing up Friday rush. :)


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