Dr Andrew Tridgell (Tridge) is a well known open source developer, and has been a leader in the ArduPilot project for many years. Specializing in both fixed wing flight and low level system development, Tridge brings 30 years of software development experience to ArduPilot. Tridge also leads the technical development of CanberraUAV, a non-profit dedicated to developing affordable search and rescue UAVs, and the winners of the 2012 and 2014 Outback Challenge competitions.
Randy Mackay has 6+ years of ArduPilot development experience and is the lead Arducopter developer for the ArduPilot project. Randy is responsible for incorporating countless improvements (in cooperation with other team members) including safety features, support for new sensors, attitude and position control, new MAVLink messages. Given Randy's extensive background he has a unique ability to provide training and advice to new developers on how features could be implemented.
Jani Hirvinen is an experienced aviation and electronics engineer. He has over 40 year of experience building small unmanned and full sized manned aircraft. Jani brings 30+ years of computers, electronics and robotics experience beginning with SMD technologies already back at early 80’s. He is the original father of ArduCopter platform that changed the world of drones as we know them today. Currently Jani operates jDrones, which is a manufacturer and distributor a wide range of UAV components and vehicles.
Philip Rowse is an Aircraft engineer, with over 22 years in both Civil and Military avionics in both full sized and unmanned systems. Philip designed the Pixhawk Fire (PXF) which was used to do the initial port of Ardupilot onto Linux, and has since designed the Pixhawk 2. As a CASA certified RPAS operator, a licensed Pilot, and an RC enthusiast, Philip is passionate about affordable safety for UAS systems. Philip is passionate about ensuring UAS integration's are professional, and is keen to help OEM's and hobbyists alike to have reliable Aerial systems.
Michael Oborne is a software developer on the ArduPilot project since 2010. Developing Mission Planner the GCS used by a large part of the autopilot community. Maintaining a feature complete GCS, while innovating to keep at the forefront of where this technology is taking us, with privacy and safety in mind.
Craig Elder is an Electrical Engineer with over 27 years of ocean engineering and ROV design. Since 2011 Craig has been the manager of the of the ArduPilot project first as Director of Engineering for 3DR, then as the Technical Manager for the Linux Foundation Dronecode Project,and now as one of the founders of the ArduPilot Initiative. In the past Craig has designed hardware and written control systems for many vehicles. Now days he spends more time doing engineering and project management as well as systems engineering and mentoring other people doing vehicle development.
Tom is a Drone Control System Engineer at Intel and is a seasoned engineer with a background in electronics, firmware and autopilot development. At Intel he is a developer on the Intel Falcon 8+ autopilot and works on Intel's next generation drone flight and compute systems. He has been the a co-maintainer of ArduPilot:Plane since 2015. Prior to that he led the flight system R&D development at Airphrame and was the firmware maintainer of their ArduPilot-based fixed-wing fleet. Before joining Airphrame, Tom worked at Trimble in the Agriculture division on their ground-based automated farming technologies. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fresno. He is the founder of Tomtronics LLC, an engineering consulting service, and co-founder of Crash and Burn Solutions which was developing a drone gamification product.
Leonard Hall is responsible for many core pieces of ArduPilot’s multicopter code including critical parts of the attitude, navigation and motor control libraries. He also developed the multicopter “AutoTune” feature and is generally considered the expert in tuning ArduPilot’s multicopter vehicles. He was responsible for discovering the ideal tune for many of 3DR’s vehicles including the IRIS, Y6, X8, Spectre and Solo. He also developed the Ardupilot tune for the Bebop1 and Bebop2.
Peter Barker has been employed in the IT industry for 18 years, and has been working with UAVs for 3 years (In which time collected more UAVs than he really has room for). Peter has always loved working with Free and Open Source technology and developing new skills. He was employed by 3DR to develop automated log analysis tools and other tools for Ardupilot. He is the maintainer of Ardupilot's DataFlash subsystem.
Bill Bonney is the lead APM Planner 2.0 GCS Developer and also contributes to mobile GCS for iOS (MAVPilot) and Android (Tower and DroneKit-Android). With almost 2 decades experience in mobile software development. With a background in microelectronics and software engineering, ArduPilot is an exciting project between software and hardware. Bill enjoys the community aspect off ArduPilot and supporting other discover and use for fun and innovation. Bill is based on the West Coast of Canada.
David "Buzz" Bussenschutt has been an ArduPilot software developer since 2011 with additional expertise working on Mission Planner, mavproxy, mavlink, nutx, SIK, and RFD900 FW. Buzz is founder of a leading Australian UAV Mapping Company, Aerial Technologies and is a CASA-certified UAV operator and manned pilot. Additional skill sets include senior systems engineering, full-stack web-developer, and micro-controller programmer. As founder of Australia's first MakerSpace Buzz is also a 3D printing enthusiast and electronics tinkerer/maker.
Dr Paul Riseborough is a chartered professional engineer with 25+ years of experience in the development of control, navigation and systems engineering solutions for autonomous vehicle platforms. Paul started contributing to the code in 2013 and is responsible for development of various on-line estimation algorithms including the navigation EKF and airspeed sensor calibrator. He has also contributed significantly to the development of plane control loops including the attitude controllers, the waypoint path follower and the TECS speed and height controller. Pauls previous experience in structural dynamics enables him to provide a systems approach to design of vibration isolation, flight control and navigation solutions.
Grant Morphett has 3 years ArduPilot development experience and over 20 years IT experience with a degree in Computer Science specialising in AI. Grant really enjoys the fun aspect of ArduPilot development including creating and testing new features especially for Rovers and working with the fantastic group of team members you see here on this page.