DRONEEPILOT- Building drone has never been so easy.

All-in-one Autopilot with RaspberryPi Compute Module 3.

We want to bring Pixhawk and Raspberry Pi developer community together to move drone technology to next level.

Droneepilot comes with built in all the necessary sensors/modules to build a drone .

GPS, Next Gen Airspeed sensor, Microhard Telemetry module, RaspberryPi Compute Module 3 and many many pheriperials for developers.

We developed Droneepilot to remove hardware hassle, people can easly build drone and connect to on-board RaspberryPi to start to write code directly on ready-to-use system.

For more information visit our webpage : DRONEEPILOT

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Comment by Guy McCaldin on September 6, 2017 at 4:40am

Very nice work.

Overall, I think your component choice is very logical for an affordable platform.  I have what I hope is constructive feedback for the next generation:

  • Breaking out the second CSI connector would allow for an extremely affordable dual sensor vegetation mapping system (ie. RGB+NIR), allowing Dronee to compete to some extent as a affordable and open alternative to platforms like the eBee SQ (which currently retails for $10,490 USD).  It would also allow for limited stereoscopic vision configurations, or forward and downward cameras etc.
  • A version with an NEO-M8T would allow users to run RTKLIB on the RPi for decimeter level position accuracy, and should be pin compatible with the current NEO-M8.
  • The current 'Servo, motor, power' and 'development' connectors might not be appropriate for this application.  They're non-locking, making them vulnerable to disconnection due to vibration, which could result in critical failures (something hot glue might fix, but still not at all ideal).  They also require users to make custom wiring harnesses to connect to standard equipment.  I understand the appeal of combined connectors, but I think this particular connector is a design decision worth revisiting.
  • The P900 is a neat package, but it comes with a few compromises.  Encryption is ITAR controlled, and compared to the similarly priced RFD 900x (which now comes in a bare variant that's easier to integrate into OEM systems), it's got lower sensitivity (-114 vs ~121 dBm), lower data rates (230.4 vs 500 kbps), and less support from the Ardupilot dev team.  The RFD900x also has PPM passthrough that allows compatibility with standard RC gear.
Comment by robert bouwens on September 7, 2017 at 7:27am

after the intel desaster this might have success.

Comment by Tomi Piriyev on September 7, 2017 at 8:22am

 Guy McCaldin 

it is very good Idea to put to CSI camera connector, we will definitely consider this in our next version.

Still there are 2 USB port on DroneePilot , it can be used to connect 2nd usb camera.

Dronee pilot has many pheriperials from RPI to connect external sensor,  You can easly connect RTK GPS from UART pins to RPI.  on PCB  M8N GPS connected to CUBE.  it is possible to put M8U GPS which has better precision,performance.

BH type connector is very different than as it looks on picture. it is very tight and here is possibility to disconnect due vibration. Doesnt  required any fastener.

 robert bouwens RPI has bigger developer community , it is easier to develop application on RPI than Intel Edison.

Comment by robert bouwens on September 7, 2017 at 9:00am

rpi bigger community.

i think you're seeing a few things wrong.

intel is the biggest sw company.

the word easier is difficult to understand.

it is much easier to develop on an x86 architecture.

Comment by Andreas Gazis on September 8, 2017 at 12:18am

Isn't the most important thing about the Edison that it has been discontinued? Whatever the merits might have been, the Cube needs a new companion and RPi is an obvious choice given its popularity. There are of course other wonderful boards out there and I am really looking forward to a future filled with Cubes & your-choice-of-board in one neat package without the current mess of wiring and inefficient use of space and weight that is required to connect to a companion.


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