Swarming demo with Solos from Accelerated Dynamics

More great Solo work from the London-based team at Accelerated Dynamics

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Comment by earthpatrol on February 26, 2016 at 1:08am

Can someone at Accelerated Dynamics talk to why the aircraft launch in a serial manner, then "swarm", to use @chris_andersons' term, and then land in a synchronized manner? The video sure looks like some creative editing to give the impression of an autonomous "swarming" flight. What monitoring and fail-safe systems are you using to manage these aircraft?

Currently, I can build an autonomous aircraft for about $400 USD that exceeds these abilities shown in the video and it uses open-source software including the ability to manage multiple MAVs. Solo will cost about twice that, approx. $800 USD. What does Accelerated Dynamics offer to justify spending double the amount on hardware that's not as advanced as open-source offerings?

I think it's a fair question as this is DIY drones and we are a fairly self-sufficient community when it comes to UAVs.

Comment by Marco Robustini on February 26, 2016 at 5:02am

@earthpatrol, can you explain me here or in private what you mean with "open-source software including the ability to manage multiple MAVs"...?

Comment by Michael Oborne on February 26, 2016 at 7:50am

this is very similar to some sitl testing ive been doing laterly inside mission planner


Comment by JB on February 26, 2016 at 9:05am

Nice job Micheal.

Have you tried it with actual quads yet? Might have to give it a go.

BTW I sent you a PM a while back.


Comment by botjunkie on February 26, 2016 at 10:24am

Dear @earthpatrol. Thank you for your comments. 

We could have taken them all off in a synchronized manner, similar to how they land, but that is just the way we choose to do it. The goal was to have the drones flying (autonomously) in a formation, regardless of how they take off. We could have essentially taken them off in a synchronous manner if we wanted to. 

Regarding, the video being 'edited' to give the 'impression of an autonomous swarming flight, we would not jeopardize our business by doing so. This is a very basic prototype that we are developing for a use-case with one of our customers. Rest assured, that what you see in the video is completely autonomous, with the drones constantly sharing information over a network. We'll post more videos soon, this time making sure that the control station is visible too.

Accelerated Dynamics is a software company which develops AI based functionalities for drones. It is not our priority to develop hardware. We choose the Solo for its stability. We want to be able to achieve this and more regardless of the hardware platform. Essentially, you (or anyone else) would be able use our software with whatever hardware that your prefer.   

Thank you.


@Accelerated Dynamics

Comment by earthpatrol on February 26, 2016 at 11:15am

Hi @marco_robustni, Sure. Paparazzi UAV has the ability to manage multiple, autonomous MAVs and is open-source. It's works very well. It also takes into consideration safe flight and graceful degradation of anomalous flying aircraft as part of the architecture. The Paparazzi UAV project has been around 13-14 years and originated out of ENAC in France as well as strong ties to TU-Delft in the Netherlands. Both are very respectable flight/engineering schools. Five years ago when I was looking for a solution for Multi-MAV software, Paparazzi UAV was the only system that had support for Multi-MAV support as well as the ability to write sophisticated flight plans. Personally, I haven't seen any "pay-to-play" projects/technology that even comes close to the capabilities available using Paparazzi UAV. Also, being open-source, it makes it even more attractive for obvious reasons. 

Comment by earthpatrol on February 26, 2016 at 11:43am

So looking through your website, I didn't see a single page that talked about your technology. Am I missing that page or set of pages?
If I can already achieve the capabilities shown in the video with open-source solutions, what motivation/incentive does your technology give someone wanting to manage Multi-MAV? I'm looking for something other than buzzwords or "magic-bullet" claims. Why, as a potential customer, would someone like me, who flies Multi-MAV flights multiple times a week, choose your technology over an open-source solution? Your investors will want to know this as well since it's part of your profit motive.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on February 26, 2016 at 2:36pm

To get bought out by Google, you need to be named after a city.  Example: London Dynamics.

Comment by vorney thomas on February 26, 2016 at 3:22pm

Hi all

I remeber  two years ago there has presented the swarm uav show flight light in the sky, the company named Ars Electronica Futurelab, alleged that they have developed the swarm manager software and by using this 3d animation design and planning tool they show a fabulous sky sculpture in London.

who know about some details related the software and ground control unit system?

Comment by earthpatrol on February 26, 2016 at 4:01pm

@vorney_thomas Intel just purchased AscTec, the folks that do all the cool formation flying including the London Star Trek emblem. 


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