Congratulations to the project. On February 27th they were selected as a participating 2017 Google Summer of Code organisation.

Sponsored by Google, GSOC is a unique program matching open source organizations and students interested in participating in open source development.

Spend your summer break writing code and learning about open source development while earning money! Accepted students will work with an Ardupilot mentor, and become a part of their large and growing open source community, working with world class programmers.

Many past GSOC students also became lifetime open source developers!

Google Summer of Code is open to post-secondary students, age 18 and older in most countries.

Dr Andrew Tridgell wrote the following words of encouragement for prospective candidates.

We’re really looking forward to working with the students who will be selected to make great improvements to ArduPilot. We have some experienced mentors who have helped past students make great contributions, and we’re hoping for similar success this year.

There are some suggested projects listed here:
and on-going discussions on the gitter channel here:

Please note that there are likely to be more students applying than we will have places allocated by Google, so make sure you make your application a good one. We are looking for:

  • Enthusiasm for your chosen project
  • Experience with the tools you will need to complete the project (eg. demonstrated ability in the relevant programming language or environment)
  • Details of past open source projects you have contributed to
  • Information on how you would approach the project, what time you can put into it and what you think you can achieve over the GSoC period

Please feel free to discuss your ideas with the dev team on the GSoC gitter channel. Additional details are also available here.

For more information, please visit the GSOC section on Ardupilots forum for this unique opportunity! Be sure to read Ardupilot’s GSOC 2017 welcome message, along with information for prospective students

By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.