By Pradeep Gaidhani

FlytSIM is a 3D simulator that helps in the development and testing of commercial drone applications using the FlytBase platform. FlytSIM is now available on cloud and can be accessed through your web browser.

Development of commercial drone applications involves integrating payloads, coding business specific logic and building custom user interfaces as web/mobile apps. To address this, FlytBase offers a platform with FlytPOD (advanced flight computer), that runs FlytOS (operating system for drones), and a set of developer tools, including FlytSIM (3D simulator).

FlytSIM offers a SITL simulation environment for testing user apps without the drone hardware. The drones and a virtual world is simulated using a ROS-Gazebo based setup. The autopilot in simulation uses the same control algorithms as on the FlytPOD making the behaviour closer to real flight.

FlytSIM has now taken to the cloud with Beta release of FlytSIM (cloud). It is a web-app which provides a 3D software simulation environment for drones, right from the comfort of your web browser. Applications developed using FlytAPIs (RESTful and websocket) can be tested in FlytSIM (cloud), before deploying on real drones. First login to the flytsim cloud portal. Then just direct the API calls in your app to FlytSIM ( with your username as namespace. This will allow you to interface with the drone in FlytSIM from your app.

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Taking FlytSIM to cloud had several motivations, including ease of access without having to install a virtual machine or a native Linux, ROS based setup. Secondly, web-app allows cross-platform support, allowing developers to develop apps on their platform of choice. Also, introducing updates and new features becomes seamless. This offers developers a pleasant drone application development experience, while keeping it safe, and saving them a huge amount of time and effort.

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Source: DIY Drones

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