Research

Snapdragon Flight Driver Development

Who: RavenOps
When: 1/18-3/18
Where: San Francisco, CA
Languages: C, C++

RavenOps transitioned from the Crazyflie2 to the Snapdragon Flight platform. We assisted with the transition in the following ways:

  • Researching the platform and identifying an approach for writing custom device drivers for hardware components which integrate with the DSP
  • Writing a proof-of-concept driver and test application using a Snapdragon driver framework
  • Porting RavenOps's Time-of-Flight driver from the Crazyflie2 to the Snapdragon flight
  • Writing a demo application which demonstrates use of the driver
  • Documenting development environment setup and assisting with development environment setup
  • Documenting the driver framework and demonstration project, with notes on how to expand APIs and add drivers

The following articles were published as a result of our learnings on this project:

Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE)

Who: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
When: 2010
Where: Atlanta, GA
Skills Developed: Research, Documentation, API Design

The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) project was started by the U.S. Navy. The stated goal was to produce a common software architecture that contractors would adhere to. Software projects would be decoupled from the hardware interfaces, allowing the U.S. government to accept competitive bids from multiple software developers. The status quo is/was to be locked into a single vendor due to complaints about opening up their own intellectual property.

When the FACE was being formed, GTRI was tasked with working in parallel to the committee to come up with an alternative common architecture proposal. While working on this team, Phillip's role was to perform research on API design, military architecture challenges, military hardware, and software architecture. These findings fed into a section of the original GTRI FACE proposal.

GTRI later worked with the FACE consortium to develop the final standard and proof-of-concept software implementations.

Further Reading:
Wikipedia summary
OpenGroup: Future Airborne Capability Environment
Five Reasons FACE is Succeeding as a Global Military Standard