Dronecode Project Investments Nearly Triple in First Year

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2016 No Comments

Dronecode, a nonprofit organization developing a shared, open-source platform for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has announced investments from 27 new member organizations, as well as the formation of technical working groups to advance the Dronecode platform.

With investments from a total of 51 member organizations, Dronecode says it has nearly tripled its membership in the first year. By uniting the industry around a neutral, open-source platform, the Dronecode Project aims to help the drone industry overcome software and hardware barriers to accelerate UAV adoption for critical applications. Dronecode is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation provides tools, training and events to scale any open-source project.

The newest Dronecode members include silver members Aerotenna LLC, AirMap, Airphrame, Altitude Angel, AutoModality, BirdsEyeView Aerobotics, CUAV, Droidika, Dig.y.Sol, DroneDeploy, DroneWorks Inc., Emlid, EnRoute, Falcon Unmanned, Hex Technologies Ltd., Incite Focus, InspecTools, Matternet, ProfiCNC, Sentera, Skedans, Yin Yan Tech US Inc. and Zubax. New sponsored members include the Humanitarian UAV network, OpenTX Project, Stanford University Aerospace Design Lab and UAVCAN.

According to Dronecode, the newly formed working groups will ensure better standardization and interoperability in the areas of camera and gimbal controls, airspace management, and hardware/software interfaces:

  • MAVlink Camera Working Group: aims to assist camera manufacturers implementing the MAVlink protocol in cameras. The group will also work with developers and manufacturers to expand the Dronecode platform so that it can support additional cameras and functions.
  • Airspace Working Group: formed to establish common data types, units and formats that all airspace providers can transmit and receive. The working group will also lead the discussion on best practices for how to ensure separation between aircraft and establish agreement on common response behavior.
  • Hardware Working Group: aims to establish mechanical and electrical standards for interfaces to the autopilot and the peripherals. This will create a more formal interface between hardware and software development and unite efforts between Dronecode members and the open-source developer community working to advance UAVs.

“From increasing member investments to a growing, vibrant developer community, the Dronecode Project’s first year has been extremely exciting,” says Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and chairman of the Dronecode board of directors. “The Dronecode ‘full stack’ platform approach, combined with the hardware and software innovations of its members, will bring about a new generation of drones that are autonomous, aware of their environments and continuously connected – an airborne Internet of Things.”

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