Exciting news in the depths of the engine room of the giant ship that is the Drone Craze of the 20-teens…. sUAS News breaks the story that the Linux Foundation in concert with many of the leading drone companies of today (3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, DroneDeploy, Intel, jDrones, Laser Navigation, Qualcomm, SkyWard, Squadrone System, Walkera and Yuneec.) are founding The Dronecode Project. (Yes, that’s everyone except DJI…)
It is worth pointing out that nearly every single drone startup that you’ve seen on kickstarter, as well as the great 3D Robotics company headed by Chris Anderson, use stuff from the Dronecode Project. It has until now been maintained by 3d Robotics in fact, and it is cool to see that they’re now handing it over to a neutral organization.
What is the Dronecode Project? Basically it’s a neutral governence structure for the major bits of open-source drone stuff that’s already out there. One of the major reasons that the drone scene has gotten so dramatically bigger in the last couple years is because of this open source stack of software. You might compare it to the LAMP (Linux, apache, mysql, php) software stack that was the technical underpinning of a huge portion of the Internet in the 90’s and 2000’s.
Dronecode includes the APM UAV software platform and associated code, which until now has been hosted by 3D Robotics, a world leader in advanced UAV autopilot and autonomous vehicle control.
The Dronecode project will also incorporate the partner PX4 project, led by Lorenz Meier from ETH, the Technical University of Zurich
The Dronecode Project will help meet the needs of the growing community with a neutral governance structure and coordination of funding for resources and tools the community needs. The governance structure will allow other parties and developers to influence and participate in the development and direction of the software. The Dronecode board will be comprised of members and technical community members. The Technical Steering committee will be composed of project leads and maintainers from top-level projects. Committers can be elected to participate on the TSC.