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The Aussie open source effort that keeps a million drones in the air

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As well as being a test of the reliability and agility of the flying robots themselves, the challenge – which gets harder every time – makes significant demands of the software and communication systems that operate them.

One autopilot software suite in particular has emerged as the preferred choice of the competing teams. It’s open source and more than half of its development effort comes from Australians.

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Control your data with Syncthing: An open source synchronization tool

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