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Pedro Cunha
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Robert Lancer
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I’m a novice when it comes to these things but maybe lets focus on getting a working communication system as a first step.

It looks like the military would use a satellite for this, what are the options for this project? Maybe the community can weigh in.

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Could you describe what an example end product would look like. Are we talking a new framework for drones, an online portal to manage this stuff, new hardware? Please provide some more tangible clarity for me.

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Pedro Cunha
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For the communication system I am planning to start with a close range system… no satellites!
I have a SiK Telemetry Radio

http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-sik-telemetry-radio.html

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Pedro Cunha
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The first big goal I intend to achieve is to fly a quadcopter via ground station (my personal computer) instead of via normal radio.

Then, I would like to integrate a camera in the quadcopter. The image processing could be onboard and then transmitted to the computer (giving more autonomy to the drone) or the raw image could be sent directly to the ground station… don’t know what to do yet… ideas are very welcome!!
To achieve the camera-processing-user integration we will have to develop/integrate some firmwares, image processing algorithms, etc.

Then, it would be good to develop a nice pilot-drone interface to run within the ground station.

Then we could work on integrating advanced software in order to give more autonomy to the drone, stability, machine learning, swarm behavior, etc

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Harsha Alva
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Pedro Cunha This project uses a lot of components (like 3DR Radio for example) that are used in an ArduPilot Mega (APM) system. Have you used that before?

It comes with a ground station software called Mission Planner

Check out the TJC Ventures Fishing Drone project.

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Pedro Cunha
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Harsha Alva Thanks!! Yeh, I have the IRIS+ quad, with a Pixhawk FC! The 3DR telemetry I took from there. But although the 3DR drone is open source, it is very complex, full of features and everything… It is hard to understand the basics. Also the mission planner is very complex to understand the basics of drone-user interface.
The goal of this project’s first tasks and milestones is to reinvent the wheel!! So we can have full understanding of the basics… This will be necessary to implement more advanced features in the future!

Today I am trying to integrate the 3DR telemetry radio with the Arduino Uno (I think it will be easy). Then I would like to integrate the telemetry with the Naze32 Fc (more challenging). I think when those integrations are done, we will have a good knowledge to integrate a communication system (Rx and Tx) on any microcontroller

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