US Government starts to require open source UAV technology!

Great 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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Comment by Marco Robustini on June 4, 2015 at 12:17am

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

Comment by Nicholas Witham on June 4, 2015 at 2:37am
Are there many GCSs like that, that are open source? Or is it just the ardupiltot/mission planner software's?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 4, 2015 at 3:31am

That was because the Predators had issues on XP, that happened in 2012 There was also leverage from overseas buyers for things that don't belong in conversations here!

Comment by johnkowalsky on June 4, 2015 at 6:31am

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.

Comment by earthpatrol on June 4, 2015 at 11:23am

Paparazzi is open source.

Comment by Charles Blouin on June 4, 2015 at 3:42pm

Great news!

Comment by Charles K Taylor on June 4, 2015 at 6:40pm

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


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