Drones: The best open source projects on the market

Drones: The best open source projects on the market

Drones: The best open source projects on the market

Today, the design, construction and use of "Drones" It is something very common and with the passage of time, this tendency is imposed more. Be it "Drones" terrestrial, aerial or aquatic, with the use or not of Artificial Intelligence (AIs)For both civilian and military use, the race in this area is already underway and with many competitors.

And there are not only competitors with private and closed projects. There are many with free and open projects, and surely with time more will come to light. And in this post, we will explore some of the best known with Open source projects for "Drones".

Automotive: Existing Open Source Projects for the Future

Automotive: Existing Open Source Projects for the Future

And as usual, before getting fully into today's topic on the realm of "Drones" and open source projects existing, we will leave for those interested in exploring another of our previous related posts by similar topics, the following link to it. So that you can easily explore it, if necessary, after reading this publication:

"La «Automotive» o Self-driving currently refers to the ability to create the conditions for a vehicle, car or robot, be able to imitate human capacities for management and control. That is to say, that he is able to perceive the environment that surrounds him and navigate accordingly through it. To achieve many of these goals, vehicles (cars, drones, robots) are equipped with technologies capable of perceiving the environment using complex techniques such as laser, radar, lidar, global positioning system and computer vision." Automotive: Existing Open Source Projects for the Future

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Drones: Current Open Source Projects

Drones: Current Open Source Projects

Here is a small list of the best known Open source projects for "Drones":


It is a reliable, versatile, and open source autopilot system that supports many types of vehicles: multicopters, traditional helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, ships, submarines, rovers, and others. In addition, it is capable of controlling almost any vehicle system imaginable, from conventional aircraft, quadcopters, multirotors and helicopters to rovers, ships, balancing robots and even submarines. It is continually expanding to support new emerging vehicle types. See GitHub

Paparazzi UAV

It is an open source Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) hardware and software project covering autopilot systems and ground station software for multicopter / multirotor, fixed wing, helicopters and hybrid aircraft that was founded in 2003. Furthermore, it was designed with autonomous flight as the primary objective and manual flight as a secondary objective. From the beginning it was designed with portability in mind and the ability to control multiple aircraft within the same system. See GitHub

PX4 Drone Autopilot

It is open source flight control software for drones and other unmanned vehicles. The project provides a flexible set of tools for drone developers to share technologies to create tailored solutions for drone applications. PX4 is hosted by Dronecode, a non-profit organization of the Linux Foundation. PX4 is highly portable, independent of the Operating System and supports Linux, NuttX and MacOS out of the box (Out of the Box). See GitHub

Other known projects and organizations

  1. Auterion Enterprise PX4
  2. Dronecode Foundation (PX4 Autopilot, MAVLink, MAVSDK and QGroundControl)
  3. DronePan
  4. Drone Journalism Lab
  5. flone
  6. LibrePilot
  7. Matrix Pilot
  8. OpenDroneMap
  9. SMACCMPilot

Finally, if you like topics related to Drones and Games, we recommend this last article, previously published:

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In short, all these interesting and amazing open source projects on "Drones" are an excellent initiative by large and medium-sized technology companies, which again highlight the potential of the Free Software and Open Source in many technological and commercial areas, especially those as important as automated use of vehicles of all kinds, and especially Cars and Drones.

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  1.   fpvmania said

    The open source project for racing drones par excellence is Betaflight, but there are many more. Blheli_S, OpenTx, EdgeTx, DeviationTx, Cleanflight, Emuflight, and many more.

    1.    Linux PostInstall said

      Greetings, FpvMania. Thank you for your comment and excellent contribution of more projects. We will be reviewing them to dedicate an additional post.