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Artoo Adaptor For ARDrone

This repository contains the Artoo ( adaptor for the ARDrone 2.0 quadcopter (

Artoo is a open source micro-framework for robotics using Ruby.

For more information abut Artoo, check out our repo at

The artoo-ardrone adaptor is based on the hybridgroup fork of the argus gem (

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gem install artoo-ardrone


connection :ardrone, :adaptor => :ardrone
device :drone, :driver => :ardrone, :connection => :ardrone

work do
  after(15.seconds) { }
  after(20.seconds) { drone.stop }

Connecting to ARDrone

The ARDrone is a WiFi device, so there is no additional work to establish a connection to a single drone. However, in order to connect to multiple drones, you need to perform some configuration steps on each drone via SSH.

Automatic Reset From Emergency Mode

When you first connect to the ARDrone by calling the start method, if it is in "emergency" mode, the ARDrone will not take off. Artoo can automatically reset it back "normal" mode, to be able to fly IF you pass in the navigation like this example:

connection :ardrone, :adaptor => :ardrone
device :drone, :driver => :ardrone, :connection => :ardrone

connection :navigation, :adaptor => :ardrone_navigation
device :nav, :driver => :ardrone_navigation, :connection => :navigation

work do
  on drone, :ready => :fly
  drone.start(nav) # pass the nav object into the start method

def fly(*data)
  after(15.seconds) { }
  after(20.seconds) { drone.stop }


Check out our documentation for lots of information about how to use Artoo.


Need more help? Just want to say "Hello"? Come visit us on IRC freenode #artoo


  • All active development is in the dev branch. New or updated features must be added to the dev branch. Hotfixes will be considered on the master branch in situations where it does not alter behaviour or features, only fixes a bug.
  • All patches must be provided under the Apache 2.0 License
  • Please use the -s option in git to "sign off" that the commit is your work and you are providing it under the Apache 2.0 License
  • Submit a Github Pull Request to the appropriate branch and ideally discuss the changes with us in IRC.
  • We will look at the patch, test it out, and give you feedback.
  • Avoid doing minor whitespace changes, renamings, etc. along with merged content. These will be done by the maintainers from time to time but they can complicate merges and should be done seperately.
  • Take care to maintain the existing coding style.
  • Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality.
  • All pull requests should be "fast forward"
    • If there are commits after yours use “git rebase -i <new_head_branch>”
    • If you have local changes you may need to use “git stash”
    • For git help see progit which is an awesome (and free) book on git

(c) 2012-2014 The Hybrid Group


Artoo adaptor for the ARDrone 2.0 quadcopter




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