FOSS UAV (Free and Open Source Software for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) provides software services to the UAV industry. The brainchild of Dr Andy Piper, FOSS UAV is focused on growing the size of the UAV industry through the provision of high-quality open source software. Andy has long been a proponent and advocate for open source software and has been one of the top contributors to the ArduPilot flight control software. Any kind of flight control software is necessarily complicated and providing this software as open source allows companies to focus on added value services, rather than continually re-inventing the wheel and worrying about safety or reliability or performance. UAVs are changing the world and open source software allows us all to stand on the backs of giants.
FOSS UAV is based in the UK and provides software services primarily based on the ArduPilot ecosystem. FOSS UAV can do bespoke development covering many aspects of the ArduPilot codebase, but particularly around board porting, driver development and ease-of-use features. FOSS UAV is also able to provide multirotor tuning services and log analysis both remotely and in-person.
Dr Andy Piper has a degree in engineering and a PhD in distributed software systems from the University of Cambridge, England. He also holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, England. Andy has a background in distributed systems, having developed enterprise software that is used in many websites and applications to this day. Andy is also experienced in leading development teams and has held senior positions in BEA, Oracle and CBRE as well as leading technology and engineering for startups Push Technology and Diffblue. Andy’s engineering and software background made UAV software development a natural progression and Andy has been contributing to the ArduPilot ecosystem for the last 5 years. Andy is known for his ArduPilot driver contributions (CRSF, SRXL2, RunCam, Tramp, SmartAudio) as well as being the brains and driving force behind the “Harmonic notch”, in-flight FFT and bi-directional dshot.