Their contribution adds autonomous soaring functionality to ArduPlane, allowing gliders and planes with high lift to drag ratio to respond to rising air current (thermals), in order to extend endurance and gain altitude with minimal use of the motor (soaring). Documentation for this new capability is available here. Thanks to their work soaring can also be simulated in SITL (Software in the Loop) with X-Plane.
Congratulations Andrey and Sam!
March 2017 saw a high level of Ardupilot development activity as usual, including 327 patches affecting 15,000 lines of code from 44 contributors. There was also a record 8 nominations for the top contribution award, that resulted in a very close vote. Because of this the Ardupilot team decided to award two other contributors that came in at a close second: Paul Riseborough for his work on adding EKF support for multiple GPS, and Arne Wischmann for his work on APM Planner.
Congratulations also Paul and Arne!
The prize this month was $200 for the top contributor, and $100 each for the second contributions. Thanks to those who donated to ArduPilot including our Corporate Partners. If you are a company and wish to donate a prize for an upcoming month, please email the partners email list (email@example.com).
Top image courtesy Gary Mortimer