How Fast is the Open Source Drone Ecosystem Growing? Dronecode Publishes Year in Review
PX4 is an open-source drone ecosystem: a group of contributors committed to the transparency and philosophy of open source technology systems. The Dronecode Year in Review report includes metrics on the contributors who write the code, and a transparent look into the funding sources and expenditures of the Dronecode Foundation. “The goal of the report is to act as a barometer for the open-source segment of the drone industry and illuminate the work of the individual contributors, academic institutions, and companies that make it run,” says the Foundation.
The Growth of Open Source Drone Platforms
One of the interesting metrics that the report provides is information on who is working on the open source drone ecosystem. Auterion, the company led by PX4 creator Lorenz Meier, led contributions: but the entire pool of contributors has grown dramatically over the last 2 years.
The growth in contributors translates into the growth in open source powered drones, like the aircraft from Watts Innovation, Freefly Systems, Quantum Systems, and Avy. From the report:
Pixhawk and PX4 are now ubiquitous drone technologies. They help create an ecosystem of interoperability, which leads to users having more choice and flexibility. Creating an open drone ecosystem around these technologies was the goal, and it’s finally happening!
“It’s great to see open source drone technologies like Pixhawk and PX4 everywhere,” said Lorenz Meier, Co-founder and CEO at Auterion. “We know the power of open collaboration, we’ve seen it work. Now, we need to do even less individually. That means standardizing hardware before we reach the point where it becomes unmaintainable. Together we can share the workload and allow everyone to excel.”
The full report is worth a look, answering questions about how the Dronecode Foundation works and providing links and descriptions to their projects: PX4 Autopilot, MAVLink, MAVSDK, QGroundControl, and Pixhawk.