Open source ecosystem for drones?


Today's world is unimaginable without drones. These flying robots have become an almost ubiquitous device, both for private use, for recordings, or for military use, shows, cast, etc. They are becoming more and more important and more useful is being found for them.

One of the main players in the world of drones is the Chinese company DJI. This company has been dominating this sector for 14 years thanks to an aggressive pricing strategy and very professional drones. However, with the addition of the DJI firm to the blacklist of the US Department of Commerce, the situation has changed a lot for this company. Not only are they avoiding the acquisition of components in this country, but also the business that any company can do with DJI, even if they just want to use the DJI SDK.

It is not the only Chinese company affected, as you know Huawei was another on the US blacklist since 2019.

Now, an open source ecosystem for drones is in the process of establishing itself as an industry standard. Since its inception in 2011, PX4 has become an open source flight control system most widely used by autonomous aircraft. And it has a huge development community, including Auterion as the top contributor and 600 more, including some of the world's largest aerospace and drone companies.

PX4 will have two advantages Main:

  • On the one hand, it greatly simplifies flying drones and makes them much safer. The software allows autonomous take-off and landing and independently follow objects.
  • The software was created by a global team of developers under the leadership of ETH Zurich PhD student Lorenz Meier, Pixhawk project initiator and lead developer of PX4. It is precisely in the ETH Zurich where this open-source ecosystem for drones has its seed. Which is remarkable considering the prestige of this European institution. In addition, the many contributors have made code that would take years ready more quickly.

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