Over 50 People are involved in shaping our future in one of the most noticeable ways since the automobile. Maybe not the huge autonomous glowing blimps from Blade Runner just yet, but get ready for new things in the sky that may take getting used to. In a few years air corridors will look a bit like those rush hour spaceships on the Jetsons. Minus George on his way to Spacely Sprockets.
The Dronecode Project is also forming three technical working groups to ensure better standardization and interoperability in the areas of camera and gimbal controls; airspace management; and hardware/software interfaces. Details include:
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(s) and establish agreement on common response behavior.
Hardware Working Group: the mandate of the hardware working group is 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.
So while the FAA figures out who can operate Drones for real estate or location work, fulfillment companies will be embracing collision-avoiding, network-integrated drones that will not require a pilot at all.