Dronecode Workshop and Fly Day 2015
I attended the DroneCode workshop on Monday 5th October, 2015 in the Spencer Hotel in Dublin. Dronecode is an open source project for the development of functionality of drones. During the workshop we downloaded the necessary software and attempted to get a motor attached to the flight controller working.
I didn’t manage to get all that done in the afternoon but I learned a lot from the evening. I met some researchers from UCD – Jonathon Byrne and Evan. The organisers of the event kindly gave us the PixHawk flight controller and motor that we had been working on so that we could continue with it.
On the 8th of October, 2015 – the following Thursday I attended a “flight day” at Newcastle airfield in Co. Wicklow. Many presentations were given – all of them very interesting.
I even got to fly a drone (and what a drone..). These drones are used commonly now in film production. It was the 3DRobotics drone with Go Pro camera attached. It has a number of presets on the camera and you can actually control the angle of the camera from the remote drone control unit as you fly it. The remote control unit also has a tablet attached so that you can see what the drone sees and fly it accordingly. This is an off the shelf unit(doesn’t come with the Go Pro Camera or gimble or tablet though – they are extra). The 3DRobotics crew have attempted to make this drone easy to fly. Indeed, I had never flown a drone before and found it very intuitive.
Also at the flight day was Julien Beraud from France. He demoed two “Bebop” drones. You can purchase them for approximately 500 euros each. He has been working on the programming of them using dronecode for 3 months and his demo was very impressive.
Towards the end of the day there was a treasure hunt where various objects had been placed around the airfield and it was up to the drone operators to locate them.
Earlier in the day there had been talks of the next Dronecode challenge. A previous Dronecode challenge was the “outback” challenge where a drone was used to locate a casualty and drop a bottle of water nearby.
I’m keeping my ear to the ground on this.