I've been using this one in beta for a few months and I'm really impressed. Now it's available to everyone on Indiegogo. FlytPod  combines PX4 and ROS in a very easy-to-use SDK, with an onboard HTML-based ground station and a powerful Odroid-based computer with a long-range Wifi access point. A great deal at $399 for the early bird special.   

Whether you are building a drone for Agriculture, Inspections, Surveys, Delivery or Emergency Response, FlytPOD will help you accelerate your development. It comes with a hybrid architecture and a reliable sensor suite for safe operation of drones. Further, its powerful processor, communication system, support for variety of payloads and framework for developing onboard and offboard user apps will give you a headstart in building advanced drone applications. 

                  

                        



FlytPOD is an advanced flight computer that brings together Power and Simplicity to kickstart development of commercial drone applications.

RUN ADVANCED ALGORITHMS ONBOARD

The octa-core processor allows for implementation of computationally intensive algorithms. This opens doors for AI techniques with Computer Vision, Machine Learning enabling intelligent onboard decisions.


BUILD INTERNET OF DRONES

FlytPOD’s communication architecture allows your drone to connect with other drones, share data with ground devices, be it mobile, laptop or wearables and also connect to the cloud. Build internet of Drones with standard connectivity interfaces over WiFi, 3G or 4G.


INTEGRATE YOUR PAYLOADS

FlytPOD’s hardware interfaces are designed to support a variety of payloads so that you can equip your Drone with specialized sensors or actuators as required for your application domain.


RUNS ITS OWN OPERATING SYSTEM-FLYTOS

FlytOS is an Operating System for drones. This provides a solid foundation and a framework for developers so that you only need to focus on your business logic and you can quickly build apps specific to your domain.

FlytOS is based on Linux and ROS (Robot Operating System) making it an ideal platform for research and commercial drone applications. It comes integrated with proven PX4 autopilot codebase and provides high level functions for drone autonomy through FlytAPIs in ROS, CPP, Python, RESTful and Websocket.

BUILD SIMULATE DEPLOY

You can develop web or mobile apps for drones in your favorite development environment using the open FlytAPIs. The apps can be tested in FlytSim - 3D Simulator before the drone even takes off. FlytSim supports all the FlytAPIs and the simulated drone includes a RGB camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal along with a front-facing RGBD camera. After successful testing in simulator, you can easily deploy the apps on FlytPOD.

The exhaustive documentation and forum will help you get onboard and will support you through your development journey. 

HYBRID ARCHITECTURE

FlytPOD has a hybrid architecture with a real time flight controller and a high power processor for advanced functions. The critical flight stack is handled by the real time controller and is decoupled from the user apps enabling fail-safe.

           


RELIABILITY

For reliable state estimation, FlytPOD comes with a suspended IMU for vibration damping, an external magnetometer and support for RTK GPS. FlytPOD PRO also offers triple redundancy for IMU, dual pressure sensor and dual GPS for applications requiring higher reliability. 

 

BUILT-IN FUNCTIONS & APPS

Several built-in functions and apps complete the user experience and provide a solid foundation to for your own applications.



The main technical specifications are highlighted below. Click here for a detailed list. 

FlytPOD comes fully loaded with all the essentials to get you started with your drone app. For applications that demand higher reliability and superior performance, FlytPOD PRO offers sensor redundancy and faster eMMC upgrades.

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Comment by Bill Bonney on August 5, 2016 at 12:07am
Good Luck, I think this is the RTF equivalent for Companion Computers. Great value for money to include WiFi and separate autopilot processor. And configuration software as well... Seems like an awesome product.
Comment by Greg on August 5, 2016 at 5:10am

I've also been using this system in beta for a while now and give the Flyt guys much credit!!! They have 'value added' numerous components into a (as Bill says) a RTF companion computer.

@James both the PX4 (is actually a value added variant of) and the Odroid computers are simply example computers and I believe every component of the system can be interchanged. I know the guys are busily working on supporting varients of both these computers (other computers and other flight controllers) (think TX1 etc.).  

Comment by Alex Wright on August 5, 2016 at 6:25am

So what is this flight stack board that seems to be sitting on top of the odroid xu4? Is it a stm32 processor that does input and output to electronics etc?

Comment by dhiraj on August 5, 2016 at 6:48am

@ Alex Wright

Yes that is a STM32 processor, doing job of a conventional autopilot. It runs fork of Px4 flight stack. And talks with Odroid over serial connection. 

Comment by Digital Wings on August 5, 2016 at 6:52am
Looks like an excellent product.
Comment by Pascal P. on August 5, 2016 at 7:10am

Very appealing product. What if a problem occurs on Odroid part ? I guess the FC continues to work independantly.

Comment by Sharvashish Das on August 5, 2016 at 8:36am

@pascal, yeah you are absolutely right, the FC is completely decoupled from ODROID. ODROID simply sends setpoint/waypoint commands to FC. In an event of ODROID failure, the FC would still keep the drone stable, waiting for the user's RC to take over(if its detected) else would trigger a fail safe mode.

Comment by Alex Wright on August 5, 2016 at 9:05am

@sharvashish das, I already have a odroid xu4 and would be interested in the flight controller you are using. Seeing as how it is communication through a serial communication is the flight controller powered separately from the xu4? Is this a custom cape/hat of sorts?

Comment by Gary McCray on August 5, 2016 at 10:47am

This really is a great product.

However, it is a product with a very narrow market which will make meeting it's goal very difficult.

I hope they can still afford to produce it even if they do not reach their goal.

Comment by Sharvashish Das on August 5, 2016 at 11:14am

Hi Gary,

We have come a long way since we launched our beta program this year in the month of February. By the time we finished our beta campaign, we had received more that 250 beta signups. This is what made us believe the market however niche it may sound, still is mature enough, for us to launch such a pre-order campaign and cater to all those people in needs of such a device and platform. We hope people from the diydrones community would pitch in for us, and help us making the campaign a big success.

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