Microsoft AirSim demo at Dronecode leadership meeting

Here's the Microsoft AirSim team demonstrating their amazing Unreal-based open source drone simulator package at this week's Dronecode leadership meeting at Intel. Dronecode development is growing exponentially -- this is just a glimpse of what's coming this year.

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Comment by Auturgy on February 25, 2017 at 2:31am
Microsoft aren't on the Dronecode members list https://www.dronecode.org/about/project-members so I'm not sure how dronecode can claim this work....

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2017 at 9:21am

Stay tuned...


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Comment by Ruwan on February 25, 2017 at 12:07pm

Would this work with the original PX4 board?


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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2017 at 12:12pm

It's only been tested on Pixhawk with PX4 code:

Comment by Jiro Hattori on February 25, 2017 at 9:28pm

Demo gives general idea of install. Skips too much procedure:-( 

Is there any detail instruction?


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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2017 at 9:41pm
Comment by Ben on February 27, 2017 at 5:28am

To me it looks like a concurrent project to DroneCode, MS isn't member of DroneCode, and the article or any other source doesn't mention any link to DroneCode.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/air/

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/aerial-informatics...

If I understand correctly, MS created an open-source development framework for robotics. Then this platform can be used for many aspects, including simulation with hardware in the loop that supports different systems. 

"Building a data-driven robotic system such as the Aerial Informatics and Robotics platform is full of challenges. First, it needs to support a wide variety of software and hardware. Second, given the break-neck speed of innovation in hardware, software, and algorithms, it must be flexible enough to be easily extended in multiple dimensions. The Aerial Informatics and Robotics framework follows a modular design to address these challenges.

The platform enables easy interfaces to common robotic platforms such as a Robot Operating System (ROS) and comes pre-loaded with commonly used aerial robotic models and several sensors. In addition, the platform enables high-frequency simulations with support for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) as well as software-in-the-loop (SIL) simulations with widely supported protocols (e.g. MavLink). Its cross-platform (Linux and Windows), open-source architecture is easily extensible to accommodate diverse new types of autonomous vehicles, hardware platforms, and software protocols. All this machinery allows users to quickly add custom robot models and new sensors to the simulator."

And now if we look at the description of DroneCode : "The result of the project is a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). "

We see that these are both targeting the same objective. To me these are two concurrent systems, and MS had never any plan to join DroneCode ?


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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 8:27am

Ben, like I said: stay tuned. 

Comment by Olivier on February 27, 2017 at 12:55pm

From an outsider's point of view the dronecode.org  web site appears inactive? Last news update was more than a year ago, and last blog post dates from more than six months ago, and concerned Ardupilot who is not member anymore. No activity on mailing list either. Is there any other place to follow Dronecode?


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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 3:18pm

The websites are all being rebuilt now and won't be significantly updated until the relaunch in about four week. But as for following the development, Dronecode and PX4 are essentially the same thing (PX4 is the core of the Dronecode stack), so you can follow DC development by following PX4 development, both in the forums and the dev list/calls. It's super active (around 20 commits a day) with about 250 developers.

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