3D Robotics

3689653274?profile=originalGreat news (thanks to Chris Miser from Falcon Unmanned for the tip):  the US government has started requiring open source technology in its UAV purchases. See this RFP from the US Department of the Interior for example (pages 8, 10 and 12). Right now it's just the ground station software that needs to be open, but how soon until it's the whole stack?

The US Government (including the Department of Defence) already uses a lot of open source software (see this FAQ), but I think the extension of this policy to UAVs is new. Anybody know of other examples?

One other cool thing open source datapoint: DARPA awarded a half-million dollar contract to our DroneCode partners the Open Source Robotics Foundation for swarm research, including with drones!

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  • It is not required... It falls under "Target UAS Requirements (In addition to minimum requirements)" column not "Minimum UAS Requirements"

  • Great news!

  • 3702019632?profile=original

    Paparazzi is open source.

  • Things that don't belong in conversation here - LOL. If you try to sell shit with backdoors and logic bombs in it then you might annoy your clients.

  • Moderator

    That was because the Predators had issues on XP, that happened in 2012 http://www.suasnews.com/2012/01/11239/predators-go-open-source/ There was also leverage from overseas buyers for things that don't belong in conversations here!

  • Are there many GCSs like that, that are open source? Or is it just the ardupiltot/mission planner software's?
  • Developer

    You're always too far, here in Italy we are in quicksand...

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