Yes, it's official right now, all 3DR Solo source code has been put into Open Source and can now be used by anyone out there. Chris Anderson - Sky Drone's very first supporter - himself announced the following:
I’m delighted to announce that we’re now open sourcing almost all of the remaining code, including the SoloLink wireless stack, ShotManager, the high-level onboard mission scripting layer that gave Solo all of its “smart shots”, and a range of other packages include the code for the controller and the build tools.
The code has now been released in a new OpenSolo organization on Github, licensed under the permissive Apache 2.0 licence.
It's pretty sweet that all source code is licensed under Apache 2.0 license, which basically allow full commercial use of everything - even in closed source projects.
If you'd like to check it out, have a look here: https://github.com/OpenSolo
The 3DR Solo is one of the drones that works out of the box with Sky Drone FPV 2 and Sky Drone Link, because its autopilot is standard-confirm and their telemetry / command+control connector is more or less standard. We at Sky Drone are very excited about this move and we hope that a hardware manufacturer with enough manufacturing capacity takes advantage of this and produces hundreds of thousands of SOLOs at prices that match or even beat DJI's products. More competition is always better than just one vendor who controls 80% of the consumer market of drones - globally.
What do you think?
More on OpenSolo:
- 3DR Solo Back as Open Source Platform (via dronelife.com)
- Announcing OpenSolo via 3DR by Chris Anderson
- OpenSolo Project Website