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Dronecode : Linux Based UAV Platform from Linux Foundation

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Now a days linux is found in daily life everywhere. It is the most used platform world wide with help of android. Linux is used from Super Computers to Mars mission, from Avatar film to Raspberry Pi, From Smart TV to Watches etc. In all kind of cutting edge technology like Driverless cars, High end robotics, Inter planetary Missions, Life saving disaster management systems Linux is the first choice platform for development. It is now successfully running on lot of mission critical situations and saving hundreds of lives.

Dronecode is the latest project by Linux Foundation for creating a unified Linux based platform for Drones and Unmanned Areal Vehicles.

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Dronecode Project by Linux Foundation

In LinuxCon Europe 2014 Linux foundation Announced the Dronecode Project. The efforts are put to unify existing open-source platforms which are used in various drones. This project will create a common platform to develop different kind of drone and UAV control systems based on Dronecode. There will be a Linux platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and it is developed with future updates of Linux.

The project’s founding members include 3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, DroneDeploy, jDrones, Laser Navigation, SkyWard, Squadrone System, Walkera and Yuneec.  Qualcomm and Intel are also joining the efforts to build a truly opensource platform for UAVs.

Dronecode already has more than 1,200 developers working the project. The platform is also being adopted by many of drone companies such Skycatch, DroneDeploy, HobbyKing, Horizon Ag, PrecisionHawk, Agribotics, and Walkera.

 

Over the next year, we’re likely to see new autopilots and drones based on the Linux APM port. We’ll also see Linux playing an auxiliary role in hybrid designs, just as Linux is often found nestled side by side with the open source Robot Operating System (ROS) on land-based robots. (FYI: some drones do use ROS, and APM is also available in a terrestrial robot version, but generally the two are separate.)

At least one UAV — the agriculture oriented Draganflyer X8 — uses Linux in the ground-station control device, but not the autopilot. Meanwhile, U.S. military drones are turning to Linux for their next-generation support drones, although not apparently yet on the weaponized models.

So Linux is now entering into a new field called Drones.
[Source : Linux.com, ZDNet.com]

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