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agrt
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Indoor flights + drone kit ; where to start ?

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Hello, 

 

I have a project consisting to let a drone flying over cars ; only indoors (warehouse) to perform inspections autonomously. I'm considering buying an Intel aero RTF to start some tests. I understand the RTF need both PX4Flow and Marvelmind GPS (or any NMEA 0183 compatible format) to let the drone flying indoor. 

 

A couple of questions : 

 

  1. Do You confirm both external GPS (NMEA 0183 compat format) + PX4Flow must be attached on the RTF to flying indoor and handle both X/Y positions ? Otherwise Is there any alternatives ? 
  2. Is it doable for the Intel RTF + PX4Flow to fly over cars while maintaining constant altitude ? (screenshot attached) 
  3. I understand that connecting an external GPS sounds good, could You confirm it just a matter to connect the GPS on the compass connector present in the RTF ? 
  4. I planed to use Dronekit to automate mission. Do You confirm Dronekit is aware of both External GPS and PX4Flow data ? And is working fine on the intel RTF ?

 

I'm not experienced in drone but have strong knowledge in C++/Python. pls accept my apologies if my questions were irrelevant. rgds

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Eliza_D_Intel
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Hello AGRUE, Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero Ready to Fly drone. We recommend to check out this project realized by Instructables - https://www.instructables.com/id/Intel-Aero-Drone-Altitude-and-Position-Hold-Using-/ Here are the answers to your questions: 1. For flying the drone indoors, you will definitely require the PX4Flow sensor, but the external GPS is not mandatory. The Instructables Tutorial mentioned above does not use an external GPS. 2. This depends if the car is moving or not. If the car is not moving, the drone will be able to fly over it. The problem appears if the car is moving, as the sensor might not be able to detect it in such short time. We did not test this scenario but we do encourange you to test it and share your results with the Community! 3. The RTF drone already has a GPS connected. Could you please rephrase your question, as I do not understand what information is required? 4. Yes, DroneKit is confirmed to work well with Intel Aero RTF drone. You can find more about it here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/04-Autonomous-drone-programming-in-Python#hello-w... and here: http://python.dronekit.io/ Thank you and best regards, Eliza

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Eliza_D_Intel
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Hello AGRUE, Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero Ready to Fly drone. We recommend to check out this project realized by Instructables - https://www.instructables.com/id/Intel-Aero-Drone-Altitude-and-Position-Hold-Using-/ Here are the answers to your questions: 1. For flying the drone indoors, you will definitely require the PX4Flow sensor, but the external GPS is not mandatory. The Instructables Tutorial mentioned above does not use an external GPS. 2. This depends if the car is moving or not. If the car is not moving, the drone will be able to fly over it. The problem appears if the car is moving, as the sensor might not be able to detect it in such short time. We did not test this scenario but we do encourange you to test it and share your results with the Community! 3. The RTF drone already has a GPS connected. Could you please rephrase your question, as I do not understand what information is required? 4. Yes, DroneKit is confirmed to work well with Intel Aero RTF drone. You can find more about it here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/04-Autonomous-drone-programming-in-Python#hello-w... and here: http://python.dronekit.io/ Thank you and best regards, Eliza

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agrt
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Hi Eliza and thanks for Your quick reply. The Cars will be static and turned off for inspections ;  

Recall the 3. 

 

  1. Do You confirm flying indoor with intel's RTF can potentially require only a PX4Flow and no external GPS such as marvelmind (or any other UWB / NMEA 0183 ) ? Again and to avoid any risk of misunderstanding ; Do You confirm a PX4Flow is able to substitute an external GPS (like UWB/marvelmind) to program a drone path indoor ? ( vertical and horizontal spaces )
  2. As a body car is a specific kind of surface ; Do You confirm the optical lens of PX4Flow will not be disturbed by this kind of surface (generating reflects etc.) ? while flying and maintaining ~80cm over the car ? Again, to avoid any risk of misunderstanding ; The goal is to let the drone flying over a car while following its natural curves and maintaining a constant altitude (hood, roof, trunk). Is the PX4Flow can match this specific requirement ?

 

All the best, rgds a

 

p.s I attached a new screenshot giving an idea of the RTF mission and what we want to achieve using Intel's platform.

Eliza_D_Intel
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Hello AGRUE, When we have tested the PX4Flow sensor on Aero drone for indoors flying we did not use an external GPS. There is one issue you might notice with the PX4Flow sensor, as it requires textured surface for a trustful reading. This is a characteristic of the sensor, not of the drone. Here are some examples for Aero users that have tested it indoors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cJqLLgJA5o&t=7s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIv6eAnma98 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iysofezsteA Thank you and best regards, Eliza
Eliza_D_Intel
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Hello AGRUE, Could you please let me know if you have further questions on this matter? Thank you and best regards, Eliza
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