On August 16, MIT Technology Review revealed ist annual lift of Innovators under 35. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. The Dronecode project is honored to announce that Lorenz Meier, the creator of the PX4 project, has been recognized by Technology Review as a 2017 Inventor for his work.
Meier created the PX4 flight stack platform for drones and released it as open source in 2011. The PX4 autopilot provides guidance, navigation and control algorithms for autonomous fixed wing, multirotor and VTOL airframes, along with estimators for attitude and position.
The YUNEEC DataPilot™ software, integrated in the new H520 hexacopter, is tightly coupled to the PX4 flight control architecture. The DataPilot™ is a complete solution for planning survey and waypoint-based UAV flight.
"Over the years, we've had success in recognizing young innovators whose work will change how the world thinks about what technology can do," says editor David Rotman. "Past honorees include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple. We're proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we're proud to add Lorenz Meier to this prestigious list."
"It is a fantastic experience going from the small Pixhawk student team in 2008 to a global open source community serving thousands of developers," says Lorenz Meier. "None of this would have been possible without the support of ETH, Dronecode and our many contributors and partnering open source projects. It is great to see the work of the development community now being available in professional and consumer products. In the next years my personal focus will be to push the safety, security and reliability of drones onto an industrial grade level. This will make the ecosystem future proof and foster broad adoption in commercial and enterprise use cases."
This year's honorees will be featured online at www.technologyreview.com starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on August 29. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference November 6-9 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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The Dronecode project delivers a collaborative and shared open source platform for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It provides a neutral place where industry and community developers can contribute technology in order to reduce costs and time to market. Member companies include Intel, Qualcomm, 3D Robotics, Yuneec and many more supporters of the platform. Dronecode is hosted by The Linux Foundation.