We need you! Comments on delivery drone project

Hi all

It has been a while since we firstly presented the benefits of drone deliveries. Since then, we have been busy, really busy working on our prototype.

We got important comments from the community that motivated us to keep working on it. And finally we have something to show!

We have been working on this technology since late 2013, after much designing, redesign, proof of concepts and a lot of software development, we have reach a functional prototype which we think is the best solution for logistics problems!

It is a hybrid three propellers small UAS capable of long range and heavy payload operations. We hope you appreciate the incredible amount of hours dedicated to reach a final design and build the final pre-production prototype.

Although it may seem science fiction, we can say that deliveries thought drones are becoming real. It is known that Amazon and Google are working on it and that Matternet and Flirtey are making amazing progress (like this). They took the initiative and now DBX Drones is developing the technology that will contribute to make a parcel delivery system by air possible!

This development is intended for parcel deliveries and related companies, but we also want to open it to the consumers market (especially to the open source community) because it is fully modular (you could easily configure your vehicle) and it has a remarkable performance in terms of endurance and payload. See the definition of the product here and all its options!

Who knows which use you may find for it! Would we see peer-to-peer parcel sending in the future? We put the design and control software effort and you put your imagination!

The consumer option would be fully compatible with the Dronecode foundation initiative. See the survey to get more details. 

We are already working on the final production design and need you help to know how interesting is for you, not only as possible owner, but as a citizen that may enjoy the service of drone deliveries!

We have an enormous amount of work still to do, so that we offer the best possible product and find enough funding to launch the production. Anyway, we will show soon some more progress.

 

We know this is the developer community and your feedback is very valuable. That is why we would appreciate your comments in our progress! Please take our survey!

 

What do you think? Do you think this technology could make a parcel delivery by drone really possible? Would you take advantage of the great performance of this hybrid vehicle?

We would love to know from you and start a conversation where all of you can participate and contribute to this open source development.

 

Thank you!

 

PD: Visit us in dbxdrones.com

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Comment by James Wright on September 12, 2015 at 2:16pm

I was searching around abit and found this:

http://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/single-board-computers/654...

Features many of the sensors on the board it's self, with a good price and processor.

@vega that's interesting, do you have a website? Is your project open sourced?

Comment by Vega Tech Group LLC on September 12, 2015 at 5:34pm
No, the lenses I designed and built, however I have them for sale. The camera was built to my specs. The embedded computer I took from the machine vision.

We are using some equipment from Micropilot. The computer will be running Linux.

Website: www.vegatecgroup.com

I should start consulting on UAV delivery. I have 30 years experience with United Parcel service, retiring in 2006.

MR60
Comment by Hugues on September 13, 2015 at 1:50am

@DBX, for landing and obstacle avoidance, immunity to electromagnetic interferences, a vision based intelligence would be excellent. This supposes cpu power onboard as a companion computer: odroid xu4 has a good power to price ratio. And it supports a fully fledged Ubuntu 15.04 Linux which is nice for running dronekit and other mavlink utilities.

For communications I tried the cheap open source open LRS as described in www.itluxembourg.lu/site/ and works perfect for telemetry (40km range has been tested by some)

Comment by Vega Tech Group LLC on September 13, 2015 at 6:29am
Note: UAS Reno is coming September 28th. If you have an opportunity to go, stop by booth #308, Quest Innovations. Dave Gilblom from Alternative Vision will be there answering technical questions on multispectral, hyper spectral, optics, etc. Dave has some 40 years of experience in the imaging business as an electrical engineer. No one in the imaging business has more experience!

Dave covers the West and I cover the East for Quest Innovations.

Information on the show is at:

http://uasreno.org
Comment by DBX Drones on September 14, 2015 at 2:58am

@ Vega Tech Group LLC, Just to clarify: we don’t want to move packages; we just want to sell the technology to the companies that do it and to people like you: innovators. Since we want the development to be open source!

It seems your systems are high calliper ones! Have you test them in flight? I would love to see them working!

Consulting on UAV deliveries may be a great job! Of course we invite toy to participate with us. We are still looking for funding more than FFFs, so you may imagine how our position right now is.

Comment by DBX Drones on September 14, 2015 at 3:01am

@ James Wright

Thank you both for the info. It is great to be able to share some thoughts with people like you!

 

About the 4G connection: we are seeing drones are becoming pretty much a smartphone, so there are some options for 4G connectivity.

Yes James, mavproxy and Dronecode and DroneKit libraries are awesome. There are some tutorials out there.

Satcomms are contemplated as safety backup link. I guess that you guys are more interested on local applications so radio link+WiFI LAN and 4G would be more than enough right? But, imagine for an application for UPS: they would like to go global!

 

So pleased with your comments James! 

Comment by DBX Drones on September 14, 2015 at 3:06am

@ Hugues I really like your architecture. I think it is the optimal design.  Do you think the odroid xu4 can run the mavlink utilities and the computer vision at the same time?

About the open source open LRS: It seems you guys @James Wright and @Hugues really like it. We will try it. Thanks! Is 1W power legal?

 

Comment by Vega Tech Group LLC on September 14, 2015 at 8:10am
It is possible, but the big guys already have had development programs in place for quite some time. Small local delivery companies would be a good target. My first bit of marketing advice!
Very niche markets is what you are looking for. There are quite a few actually.
Comment by Vega Tech Group LLC on September 14, 2015 at 9:10am
AUSA next month in Washington DC.

The Association of the US Army has an excellent show every year. This is s real opportunity to see the cutting edge tech the Army buys.
Comment by DBX Drones on September 15, 2015 at 2:15am

@Vega Tech Group LLC Thanks for the advice!
It seems that small business are becoming interested on it but the real business (in the order or trillions of USD) is in packages delivery companies.
Imagine reduce a 6$ delivery to only 0.3$ operation...

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