Last month the Dronecode TSC held our first face-to-face planning meeting for some time. The meeting was extremely productive, and we’ve returned re-energised and with a better-aligned vision for TSC and working group activities. There’s a lot to report, so without further ado …
1. TSC Planning meeting update
The Dronecode TSC face-to-face meeting was held at Intel Headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon. This was an opportunity for members to share their contributions and successes, and for the whole team to sit down (or join remotely!) and really align our vision on the best ways for the project to move forward.
The meeting started with an overview of the project vision, and demonstrated our progress in terms of contribution and adoption. We also had reports from each of the working groups and two of the main platform projects (PX4 and QGC).
We were also very fortunate to get a demo from the Microsoft AirSim team. For those of you who missed all the fanfare in previous weeks, Microsoft have developed an advanced real-world simulator for robotics and infomatics, and it already allows testing of the Dronecode stack! Below is a photo of Microsoft are showing it to some of us us at Intel Portland.
We are currently seeking a Dronecode system-based FAA waiver for operations beyond those permitted under the regular Part 107 rules. This application can then be the foundation of a process for certifying Dronecode-based UAVs.
Over the last year we’ve been evaluating middleware solutions for communication between GCS, drone, cloud, and between processes running on the vehicle. In the last month(s) eProsima have started to implement a key part of our proposed solution: a bridge between uORB and RTPS.
Docs Working Group
The docs working group was formed a few weeks ago to improve the Dronecode and project sites, along with developer and user documentation. At the moment we’re in the early stages of evaluating what work needs to be done.
UX Working Group.
This is the newest working group and was approved at the last TSC meeting. The UXWG will look for opportunities to improve the DroneCode User Experience. UXWG will aim to guide and deliver UX resources that ease, simplify and accelerate development and usage for developers, end users and company adopters. We encourage member companies to participate in this workgroup, which will kick off shortly.
While quieter than last month’s record contributions, we’ve still had more than 250 commits to master and close to 14000 changed lines against PX4 (additions and deletions). A great result!
4. Flight Testing
The team got two new Dropix VTOL. Standard test vehicles now include:
Pixhawk: quadcopter, fixed-wing airframes and VTOL