The kind folks over at Slashdot.org were nice enough to stop by the PaparazziUAV booth at OSCON 2015 to talk about flying robots. Thanks Tim for the opportunity to talk about HooperFly, the Lisa/MX autopilot from 1bitsquared and the coolest open-source UAV software on the planet, PaparazziUAV.
Here’s a link to the video: Flying Robots on Slashdot.org
HooperFly made a great video showing off two of their airframes, flying completely autonomously. These robotic aircraft are based on HooperFly’s own rugged airframe design the TeensyFly and feature Paparazzi UAV powered Lisa/MX autopilots. The multi aircraft support in Paparazzi makes these types of flights possible.
A few days ago ENAC UAV Lab uploaded their Paparazzi UAV video collection from 2004-2010. If you are interested in some Open-Source UAV history you should take a look at them.
It is exciting to see how many things Paparazzi UAV could already do 5 to 10 years ago, as well as how far things have improved and evolved since then.
One of the highlights is a multi UAV flight at IMAV2006. This is 9 years ago. It is great to see how relaxed the safety pilots are. 🙂
Another highlight is the Paparazzi UAV Ground Control Station (GCS). It definitely has many of the elements of how the GCS looks today but it definitely changed and improved over the years.
Students at the TU Delft MavLab compete with ARDrones running Paparazzi to fly seamlessly around obstacles without injuring the aircraft. The object to autonomously avoid all obstacles. This is a fantastic demonstration of the flexibility of the Paparazzi system and its ability to fly accurately around waypoints.
IMAV 2014 was a great experience this year. If you don’t know what it is, its a micro air vehicle competition and conference that was held in Delft, Netherlands.
During the three days of the conference, there were many very interesting talks and presentations as well as an incredible showcase of research talent during the competition. Here is a playlist of the talks, they can be found on the TU Delft MAVlab YouTube channel.
One talk we wanted to highlight was presented by Gautier Hattenberger from ENAC, he is also one of the core developers of Paparazzi UAV. He gave a very interesting talk highlighting the use of the Paparazzi UAV framework in autonomous aerial robot research.
Bart Remes gave a presentation on the Paparazzi UAV Lisa/S and nano Quadcopters. If you are interested in the technical side of the hardware you will definitely enjoy his talk.
If you were curious about the results of the competition, the first place was taken by a Singapore team with a great fleet of high tech quadcopters. The second place went to a German team led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Peter Neitzke that flew completely FPV and the third place went to our friends at ENAC flying Paparazzi powered quadcopters and airplanes. They also created the most usable and complete aerial maps of the village.