Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have grabbed our attention lately, from debates over the legality of military drones to commercial UAV projects planned by Amazon and Google, and Linux is increasingly part of the conversation.
Earlier this week, Parrot announced an heir to its hobbyist AR.Drone 2.0 quadrocopter called the BeBop Drone. Earlier this month, the U.S. Navy announced it was switching from Solaris to Linux for the control systems used in its unmanned helicopters. Finally, ArduPilot’s popular open source APM (ArduPilotMega) autopilot platform is being ported to Linux, providing more goodies for a host of hobbyist drone projects that build upon the BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi, and other hardware…
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