Some of you might have read the work that Siddharth, Andrew, Philip and myself (supported by many others) have been doing over the last months with APM in Linux through the BeaglePilot project. We are happy to share with you today a paper titled "Towards an Open Source Linux autopilot for drones" (available here) that has been accepted in LibreCon 2014: Business and Open Technologies Conference that will be held the 11th and 12th of November in Bilbao, Spain.
The paper will be presented by my colleagues from Erle Robotics and they will also be showing our drones flying with APM in Linux. Feel free to drop by and join.
Most of our work with the AP_HAL_Linux has already been merged in the master branch of the main APM repository. We would be happy to address any comments either here or through issues in the main BeaglePilot repository.
As we point out in the publication, this work would not have been possible without the support of many people. We sincerely want to thank DIYDrones community members for their support, words of encouraging and guidance. We also like convey thanks to Beagleboard.org, Google, 3DRobotics and Erle Robotics for providing financial means and material.
We would like to highlight the importance of having Andrew Tridgell (tridge) as our mentor through all these months. We can only thank him for his support and patience. It has been an amazing experience to work under his supervision and nowadays, more than ever, we deeply respect the work he and many other developers have done to bring up APM to this level. We wish that this contribution is just the first of many that will (hopefully) benefit the community.