Technical Steering Committee – August 2017 Update

By July 28, 2017 TSC

The TSC Working Groups provide brief summary updates here. More detailed monthly status updates may be found in the Dronecode blog here.

UX WG

  • Presented the results of  our platform user survey. These will help us understand what Dronecode members and the community are looking for from the project.
  • Presented a proposal for Dronecode and projects branding suggesting many interesting ideas and logo improvements.
  • Still looking at​ better using dronecode website analytics and integrating with the PX4 site analytics.

SDK WG

  • ​The SDK WG has selected DroneLink (working name) as the basis for the new SDK.
    • The code should be made available very shortly.
  • Cloud and Mobile APIs are the current focus.
    • Supported language bindings are being discussed.

Code Quality WG

  • Held first Code Quality WG meeting and decided to meet bi-weekly.
  • Outlined objectives of the WG for new participants.
  • Discussed
    • Testing needed.
    • Design patterns for drivers.
    • How to stage code that hasn’t yet received broad in-flight testing.
    • Getting/producing unit tests for submitted code.
  • CQWG tag in Github is now available.
  • A github project will be set up for Code Quality WG for issue management
  • Will be working on setting up docker container for last 2 versions of ROS for testing missions.
  • Met with FAA representative to get input on requirements for compliance and discussed how to possibly make it easier for Dronecode adopters to certify their solutions.

Camera API WG

  • Decided to use XML vs JSON. Did not want to deal with code in JSON for constraint management and security issues.
  • Prototyping continues, image capture supported so far. Video support is next.
  • Managing HW constraints is still TBD. Seems like a separate schema to overlay collections of cameras that share an ISP would be needed.
  • Discussed requirements for testing the new features. Extending the existing camera simulator seems like the best approach.
  • Discussion at:
  • Video Stream discovery over MAVLink:

Messaging WG

Safety WG

  • No update.