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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  • Yeah, we had hoped Karl Lattimer from Newcastle, one of the project co-founders, would attend to go into details. However, something came up at the last minute, and my (admittedly lame) video was the stand-in. I'm sorry for that, and I hope that we can meet in person someday soon.

  • @shane was hoping to talk to your team member after OSHUG talk, as it turns out I couldn't do that as u did a video presentation.
  • 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. :)

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


  • is it a skywalker frame?? nice paintjob :)

  • @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 ;)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."


  • 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.

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