Dronecode, a nonprofit organization developing a common, shared, open-source platform for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has announced six new commercial members and several nonprofit and academic drone projects that are supporting the effort.
New silver members include Arsov RC Technology, Erle Robotics, Event 38 Unmanned Systems, Parrot, Team Black Sheep and Walkera.
New sponsor members include OpenRelief; Open Source Robotics Foundation; The Autonomous Systems, Control, and Optimization Laboratory (ASCO) at Johns Hopkins; Team Tiltrotor; and Uplift Aeronautics.
Formed in late 2014, Dronecode brings together existing, open-source drone projects and assets under one umbrella organization governed by The Linux Foundation. It currently coordinates and prioritizes funding for six initiatives, 28 Dronecode members and more than 1,200 developers who are collaborating on a de facto standard platform for consumer and commercial drone/robotics open projects.
3DRobotics and Yuneec International Co. Ltd. are platinum, founding members of Dronecode, which includes the APM/ArduPilot open-source UAV platform and PX4, an independent, open-source, open-hardware autopilot project. More than 1,200 developers are working on Dronecode, with more than 150 code commits a day on some projects. Under the neutral guidance of Dronecode, other qualified parties and developers are encouraged to participate in the development and direction of the software.