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8 open source drone projects

Check out what's new in open source drone hardware, software, and related projects.
12. 2. 2018 - Jason Baker -
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"Editor's note: This article was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated to include additional information.
Over the past few years, interest in civilian, military, and commercial drones has grown rapidly, which has also driven the maker community's interest in open source drone projects.
- The list of unmanned aerial devices (UAVs) that fit the moniker of drone seems to be constantly expanding. These days, the term seems to encompass everything from what is essentially a cheap, multi-bladed toy helicopter, all the way up to custom-built soaring machines with incredibly adept artificial intelligence capabilities.
- The drone-building community has created many software and hardware projects under open licenses that allow you to build, repair, customize, and experiment with your own drone, or to supplement the use of drones in some other way. 
Let's take a look at some of those projects.
Paparazzi UAV
Paparazzi UAV is a GPLv2 licensed project that combines both the software and hardware needed to build and fly an open source vehicle under open licenses. Its primary focus is autonomous flight, and it's designed to be portable to allow operators to easily take their devices into the field and program their flights across a series of waypoints.....
ArduPilot claims it's "the most advanced, full-featured, and reliable open source autopilot software available." That's probably not blowing smoke: it's installed in more than 1 million drones and other UAVs, including airplanes, helicopters, boats, and submarines, and it has a large number of contributors working on the project.....
The Dronecode project is a Linux Foundation-sponsored project working to build a common open source platform for UAV development....
The LibrePilot software suite is designed to control multi-copters and other radio-controlled drones. 
Flone is a cool project that basically turns a smartphone into a drone.... 
This software takes this aerial imagery and helps you process it into point clouds, digital surface and elevation models, or just orthorectify the imagery (in essence, line up the imagery to a known coordinate system for further analysis)....
Drone Journalism Lab operations manual
One of the more interesting ways drones are impacting everyday life is in journalism, especially amateur investigative journalism, bringing an eye to the sky to document what's going on in the world around us. The Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln exists to educate journalists about how drones can be used legally and ethically as a part of the journalistic process. To further that goal, the project has open sourced its operations manual, available on GitHub or as a PDF, under a Creative Commons license to bring best practices to any news organization hoping to use a drone to further its reporting capabilities.
This is definitely an incomplete list of open source drone projects; others you may want to check out include MatrixPilot and AdaPilot. Since we plan to add to this list, please let us know what other open source or open hardware drone projects are out there. Which ones are targeted towards relative beginners, and which ones are going to take more effort and commitment to put to use? Share your insights in the comments below.

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