This year myself and a few colleagues from university will be embarking on a project to build a completely autonomous multicopter, that will take off, follow waypoints, drop two 1kg supply packages onto a target then fly home again. Hopefully without any manual overide, and a flight distance of around 2km.
I have quite a bit of fixed wing RC experience but not much on multi rotors and autopilots. Would anyone be able to suggest a suitable autopilot for the job? From my bit of research the ardupilot looks like a strong candidate, simple GCS that can activate functions at different points, but how would a dji controller compare? This sounds like a job for open source I think.
There's extra points available at the competition if the vehicle can identify the 'drop zone' (large red sqaure with a border) when it gets to the predetermined area, and using a camera home-in on the target more accurately than the GPS can, but not entirely sure how you'd go about that autonomously.
Sorry for the noobie questions, and thanks in advance.