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ROS Programmable Drones/UAVs in the Market

asked 2016-01-20 00:27:20 -0500

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updated 2016-01-20 00:28:45 -0500


Does anyone have any recommendation for programmable drones (preferably ROS compatible) available in the market? For research purposes (mainly navigation problems) in a robotics lab?


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answered 2016-01-20 01:26:45 -0500

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Using Pixahwak running APM or PX4 and onboard computer running Ubuntu and ROS. Mavros can be used for communicating between flight controller and onboard computer.

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@crazymumu, Thanks. Is there any commercial drone in the market that has all these pieces? or do we need to build our own drone you suggest?

ROSCMBOT gravatar image ROSCMBOT  ( 2016-01-20 13:18:22 -0500 )edit

@crazymumu Can I use the same steps like for a Parrot AR-drone? http://ardrone-autonomy.readthedocs.o... Or is there another way to build up a communication? I do have a quadcopter with pixhawk(APM) and onboard computer with Ubuntu/ROS.

Kartal gravatar image Kartal  ( 2016-01-29 11:07:06 -0500 )edit

You will at least need Parrot AR-Drone 1.0 or 2.0 quadrocopter if you want to use ardrone_autonomy. Based on what you have, Mavros is a better option.

crazymumu gravatar image crazymumu  ( 2016-01-31 20:11:32 -0500 )edit

@crazymumu Any info about the commercial drones using Pixahawk?

ROSCMBOT gravatar image ROSCMBOT  ( 2016-01-31 20:40:38 -0500 )edit

3DR Solo is based on pixhawk and has onboard computer. But i do not know it is hackable or not. At least they support DroneKit, so you may tie telemetry channel to network (and then run mavros on other machine).

vooon gravatar image vooon  ( 2016-02-29 15:56:27 -0500 )edit

@vooon can u please expand on your suggestion of using dronekit with mavros? Dronekit will connect to the solo and control it. What do you mean by tieing telemetry channel to network?

automate gravatar image automate  ( 2016-06-01 21:25:59 -0500 )edit

Can you please define us about the names of drone instead of flight controller/auto pilots?

mfkj gravatar image mfkj  ( 2018-10-18 06:09:36 -0500 )edit

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