Drones

Small Drone Autopilot System Goes Open Source

Build your own tiny, flying spy

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The Lisa/S chip is 4 square-centimeters — about the same size as a Euro coin. But this 1.9-gram sliver of silicon includes everything you need to autopilot an aerial drone.

It's the world's smallest drone autopilot system — over 30 grams lighter than its predecessor — according to the chip's designers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. And best of all, both the hardware and the software is open source, meaning anyone can copy and use it — for free.

"The main reason we chose open source is that we want to make it available for society," says the project's leader, Bart Remes. He envisions open source drone technology enabling a wider range of civilian drone applications, from agriculture to search and rescue.

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