Raspberry Pi teams up with Arduplane

Came across this very interesting article on the register

"A British-led Japan-based group is building a free-software-powered flying robot for use by disaster relief organisations – and at its heart is tech darling the Raspberry Pi.

There are lots of uses for the £30 Pi, from an educational device to a media player, if you can get hold of one of the boards. OpenRelief is planning something rather more ambitious: to use the credit card-sized computer as the brain of an autonomous flying drone – not as a killer robot, for once, but to help save lives instead."

More of the article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/12/raspberry_pi_drone/

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 17, 2012 at 1:44pm

Yep we noted them last week, very good at PR me thinks

Comment by Anish on June 17, 2012 at 2:23pm

;) would be meeting him on thursday if all goes well, shall report back on status of the project...

Comment by Tian on June 17, 2012 at 3:18pm

Hey, looks like they finally did it.
There was a discussion about a week ago about using the Raspberry Pi as a method of autopilot on DIY Drones.

I'm glad someone is attempting to harvest the processing power of the pi.

Comment by Rana on June 17, 2012 at 6:42pm

It will still use Arduplane to control the plane "Control of the aircraft is a separate system, based around an Arduino microcontroller board and the ArduPlane software from the DIYDrones community."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/12/raspberry_pi_drone/

Comment by James masterman on June 17, 2012 at 7:43pm

Nice. Looks like they are using the HK FPV 168 airframe? I hope they have reinforced it, it won't be robust enough for this kind of work otherwise.

Comment by Mike on June 18, 2012 at 12:37am

An interesting view from the link: It's a pleasant change to meet an open-source project that isn't some moderately arcane tool for geeks or an attempt to unseat a commercial software vendor.


They should be using a foamie, that airframe is NOT ideal.

Comment by Anish on June 18, 2012 at 2:08am

@mike if i get a chance to  talk to one of thier team members on Thursday shall share all the insights that i have gathered, i wouldn't be suprised if we found someone like Karl Lattimer from Openrelief on diydrones ;)

Comment by Chivar Maximillan Pilones on June 18, 2012 at 2:55am

is it a skywalker frame?? nice paintjob :)

Comment by AKRCGUY on June 18, 2012 at 9:42pm

Man, they copied my paint job....:)

 

Comment by Shane Martin Coughlan on June 23, 2012 at 1:14am

Hi guys! Apologies for the slow response. I plan to post more specific data about OpenRelief on the forums shortly. Just to super-quickly address some of the comments above, we are using the Ardupilot for the autopilot, and there are two prototype airframes based on the Hobbyking FPV 168. That is being used as a learning experience. However, we are heading towards an open schematic airframe for the "production" design. Finally, Adam, sorry about the paint job overlap. Coincidence, I assure you. :)

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