Call For Project
Cloud Control Station
Web based drone control
A video mockup of a Cloud based Control Station for a fleet of remotely launched drones.
Related project: Providence â€“ DroneÂ system to support Search and Rescue
How might we enable ourÂ eventual fleet of ready-to-launch SAR drones to be persistently connected?Â How might we let any one of a number of operators be able to quickly take control from whatever device they might be using?
There are a number of things I would like this setup to be able to do:
- Every drone always connected and ready
- Every drone constantly reporting itâ€™s status â€“ hopefully a lot of happy green dots on a map!
- Any operator with right credentials able to take control, preferably from any internet connected device (iPad, PC, â€¦)
- Secure enough that no-one else can take control or bleed of data
- Third party data sources into GCS views, i.e.: Airspace maps, specialty maps, transponder data (from different sources like Flightradar24, local MLAT),â€¦
- Ability to stream video to operator and to other recipients
- Ability to save video streams to other services
- Ability to output/expose realtime data to other systems (I.e. http://www.surtsey.org/projects/relayed-ais-transponder/)
I can envision a number of ways to accomplish this.Â My favourite solution would be a fully server/web-based system that would allow control from any browser.
On the way there I imaging you could also use current local GCS:s like QGroundControl, but instead of connecting directly, via VPN, to cell connected drones, as we do today, you would have a server based middle layer that would provide a persistent connection to the fleet of drones, and that could also be used for output/exposure of data to other systems.
Some further bits and pieces:
- Open source, please
- Compatible with MAVLink
- MaybeÂ MAVProxy might be a starting point?
There are many solutions around that might be close to what Iâ€™m looking for,Â but nothing that quite fits the bill. Hereâ€™s an most certainly incomplete list:
Who is behind the project?
This is a project from the Innovation office at Swedish Sea Rescue Society, SSRS. The SSRS is a non-profit organization that performs the majorityÂ of sea rescues in Sweden thanks to some 2000 volunteers . Our constitution says that we are to:
- Further the interest in sea rescue matters
- Propose ways to improve sea rescue
- Perform sea rescue operations
The person proposing this project is me, Fredrik Falkman. Iâ€™m an industrial designer by training working for the SSRS with development projects and general innovation. Beside my work at the SSRS, I run a design consultancy:Â Fredrik Falkman Design AB, FFD.
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