DroneKit-Python helps you create powerful apps for UAVs.
DroneKit-Python (formerly DroneAPI-Python) contains the python language implementation of DroneKit.
The API allows developers to create Python apps that communicate with vehicles over MAVLink. It provides programmatic access to a connected vehicle's telemetry, state and parameter information, and enables both mission management and direct control over vehicle movement and operations.
The API is primarily intended for use in onboard companion computers (to support advanced use cases including computer vision, path planning, 3D modelling etc). It can also be used for ground station apps, communicating with vehicles over a higher latency RF-link.
The Quick Start guide explains how to set up DroneKit on each of the supported platforms (Linux, Mac OSX, Windows) and how to write a script to connect to a vehicle (real or simulated).
A basic script looks like this:
from dronekit import connect, VehicleMode # Connect to UDP endpoint. vehicle = connect('127.0.0.1:14550', wait_ready=True) # Use returned Vehicle object to query device state - e.g. to get the mode: print " Mode: %s" % vehicle.mode.name
The example source code is hosted here on Github as sub-folders of /dronekit-python/examples.
- Documentation: http://python.dronekit.io/
- Guides: http://python.dronekit.io/guide/index.html
- API Reference: http://python.dronekit.io/automodule.html
- Examples: /dronekit-python/examples
- Forums: http://discuss.dronekit.io/
- Gitter: https://gitter.im/dronekit/dronekit-python though we prefer posts on the forums where possible.
Users and contributors wanted!
We'd love your feedback and suggestions about this API and are eager to evolve it to meet your needs, please feel free to create an issue to report bugs or feature requests.
If you've created some awesome software that uses this project, let us know on the forums here!
DroneKit-Python is made available under the permissive open source Apache 2.0 License.
Copyright 2015 3D Robotics, Inc.