ROS nodes to autonomously control an ardrone using the ardrone_autonomy package
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falkor_ardrone: A ROS package to control an AR.Drone autonomously

Introduction

"falkor_ardrone" is a ROS package which uses the "ardrone_autonomy" package (originally from brown, now from AutonomyLab) to implement autonomous control functionality on an AR.Drone. This was originally a part of the fork from "ardrone_autonomy", but now it has been seperated out. The old forked repository still exists for history purposes but it is stale.

Updates

  • March 20, 2013: Release related to company launch/Wired article
  • October 23, 2012: Create this seperate package

Usage

Once the AR.Drone is connected to your computer via WiFi, run

 ```bash
 $ roslaunch falkor_ardrone track.launch
 ```

This launches the ardrone_driver from ardrone_autonomy to communicate with the AR.Drone, as well as the nodes needed for the AR.Drone to track the target. The cascade files used for detection are in the directory cascade/. Edit the cascadefile parameter in roslaunch to change which cascade file to use.

Once everything is up and running you should see a window with the front camera from the AR.Drone and a square yellow box around the detected object. The PS3 controller has the following

Right gamepad

  • Triangle: Takeoff
  • Circle: Reset
  • Cross: Land
  • Square: Start/Stop following

Left gamepad

  • Up: Bring AR.Drone closer (increase goal size of the target)
  • Down: Move AR.Drone further away (decrease goal size of the

Joysticks (Mode 1)

  • Left Joystick: Pitch and Roll
  • Right Joystick: Altitude and Yaw

More Buttons

  • Center PS3 Button: Toggle recording to USB stick

License

Copyright (c) 2012, Falkor Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

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