Just a teaser from this week's 3DR hackathon: swarming Solos running ROS doing and autonomous lightshows in the skies over Berkeley. You can script the geometries (circles, with moving center points and radius, and any other shapes) and the AI allocates the drones accordingly to populate the shapes and avoid each other. Much more soon!

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Comment by Alex Maltais on December 19, 2015 at 8:26am


Are they aware of the presence and proximity of other UAV? By sensor or ADS-B?


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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 19, 2015 at 4:45pm

They are aware of the presence of the other drones in the swarm. All handled by the Solo SDK and ROS swarm controller.

Comment by Kieran Skelly on December 20, 2015 at 5:09am

Very cool. I am interested to see what else came out of the hackathon.

Comment by bruno on December 21, 2015 at 12:02pm

Hi Chris,

That is very nice. Since Professor Kumar I did not saw a good swarm performing that.

Last year we did some distributed algorithm to coordinate swarm of UAV on outdoor enviroments. We emulated the hardware, but would be wounderfull run these for real. (eg: https://youtu.be/3phH-5e7l9c)

Would Solo SDK have some retrocompatibility with the affordable APM? We have PhD candidates interested in research swarm of UAVs.


Bruno Olivieri, PhD candidate

Comment by botjunkie on February 16, 2016 at 8:07am

Hey Chris, 

We are doing similar and we just bought a few Solo's to do this but it turns out the MAV IDs on the Solo are hardcoded. We raised an issue on github but they say it would require major re-write of the system and 3DR wont support us on that. What are your thoughts on this? Why would the MAV IDs be hard coded? SOLO is supposed to be developer friendly, is it not? It would be great if you could put us in touch with the guys who did the above? Any help in this matter will be highly appreciated. 

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2016 at 8:27am

@botjunkie: Sure, send me an email at chris@3dr.com and I'll connect you. We're going to release a tutorial on how to do this soon. 

Comment by botjunkie on February 16, 2016 at 10:26am

Cool, I will write you an email. Thank you so  much. 

Comment by ParkYoungju on March 16, 2016 at 9:30pm

Hi Chris,

I have questions

1. How I try that?? using Mission Planner?? This use MAVROS??? 

2. How I connect multiple solo on one pc???

Comment by Daniel Domit on January 2, 2018 at 7:53pm

Did the tutorial ever come out?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on January 2, 2018 at 8:18pm


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