Announcing “Portuguese Meatballs”: Latest OpenPilot Software Suite

Announcing “Portuguese Meatballs”: Latest OpenPilot Software Suite

On October 17th, 2012, posted in: News by Comments Off on Announcing “Portuguese Meatballs”: Latest OpenPilot Software Suite
After months of hard work by a very talented group of volunteer developers, artists, and testers, the newest release of the OpenPilot software suite 20121016-93c76ec4 (codenamed “Portuguese Meatballs”) is now available for download.
For more information see this post on the forums.


This latest release from the OpenPilot team includes many groundbreaking new features:
    • Revamped UI:  many of the configurations screens have been simplified with better graphics and a more consistent user interface
    • Vehicle Setup Wizard:  we have created an easy-to-use setup wizard that will allow both new and experienced users to setup their CopterControl hardware quickly and safely:

    • AutoTune (Experimental Feature): Autotuning is a feature available to expert users for testing, which greatly reduces the time spent fine tuning the flight envelope of your aircraft.
      • A multirotor first in the hobby, autotuning programmatically determines the best flight settings for a particular combination of frame, motors, ESCs and propeller layout.
    • Numerous other bugfixes and improvements, for more information visit this thread in the forums
This release promises to be the best yet and paves the way for the upcoming release of the OpenPilot CC3D.  We expect to start taking orders of the CC3D within 48 hours of this release.  Please check back here and on the forums for the news release related to the CC3D.

Update on Future Development Schedule

OpenPilot is committed to providing safe, sound hardware tied to solid software, backed by countless hours of meticulous testing.  Months of testing for proof of concept, functionality and design have proven it to be worth the wait.  Fully compatible with the older CopterControl flight controllers, this software release will also shine with the newest iteration of the OpenPilot CopterControl, the CC3D, available for sale shortly after this software release.

Using this release as a foundation, OpenPilot will be picking up steam in the coming months with an accelerated development cycle. Many exciting new features are on the horizon:

      • Full fixed wing and heli support, including fixed wing navigation.
      • OpenPilot GPS designed from the ground up for UAV navigation.
      • OpenPilot Revolution controller with more sensors and memory.
      • OPLink Modems, combining both telemetry and RC on the same radio.
      • 3D Terrain and Maps in the OpenPilot Ground Control Software.


About OpenPilot

OpenPilot is an Open Source project aimed at providing the community with low-cost but powerful stabilization and autopilot platforms. OpenPilot’s strength is the community that has developed, where individuals contribute their time, effort and skills so all can benefit. As a non-profit open source program, OpenPilot aims to bring this technology down in price to make it more affordable to deploy.

Target applications of OpenPilot developments include civil and humanitarian uses where search and rescue capabilities afforded by guided aerial platforms can be of immense value, academic uses for research, stabilized platforms for aerial photography, as well as DIY hobbyists looking to do a little flying and have some fun. The OpenPilot platform includes support for multicopters, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. However, the OpenPilot platform is flexible and can be adapted to diverse needs such as unique aircraft, marine, and ground vehicles. Being an Open Source project, the code is freely available for modification to suit unique needs.

OpenPilot is an ideal platform for researchers and hobbyists working on aerial robotics or other mobile vehicular platforms where stabilization and guidance are required. OpenPilot brings the cost down to reasonable prices so people can focus on developing and refining applications rather than paying the extremely high prices of most commercial offerings, or having to do ‘from the ground up’ hardware development.

About OpenPilot Platforms

OpenPilot is currently focused on developing two hardware platforms:  the CopterControl (both Original and 3D) and the Revolution. OpenPilot Revolution will be an autopilot platform with a full INS unit onboard, while the CopterControl boards are smaller, lower cost, but powerful stabilization boards with 3 axis gyros and accelerometers. The CopterControl boards can be augmented by different sensors and communication systems. Both units utilize the OpenPilot Ground Control Station software where options and setup are done, as well as providing Ground Control functions, such as way-point setting and telemetry functions. The OpenPilot project range provides solutions for a wide variety of user needs.

Getting Involved With OpenPilot

As an Open Source project, OpenPilot needs your help and support.  OpenPilot is a community project. It’s staffed by all volunteers that donate their time and talents to push the project forward for the good of all.  Schedules and life changes bring about a rotation of people, and new faces are always welcome.

If you have the desire to help, step up!

You need not be an ace software guru to contribute.  There is a chance for everyone to get involved, no matter what your skill set. Lending a hand can be done in a wide variety of ways:

      • Answering questions on the forums and helping other users
      • Contributing to the Open Pilot Wiki
      • Programming or managing different modules of the software code
      • Creating new graphics for our software, forums and website

If you like what OpenPilot is doing – jump in and see how you can contribute. Above all, have some fun and camaraderie doing it.  The best way to get involved is to say “Hi” in the forums!