QmuBeacon – ESP32 and LoRa based GPS recovery beacon and locator

Having a broken leg, limited mobility, and paid sick leave have some perks after all. I've finally found some free time to sit on the project I started, I think, two years ago: ESP32, LoRa based GPS beacon, and locator. You know, put it on an airplane and have a way to get the distance and bearing when you crash.

ESP32 LoRa GPS beacon and locator

In the last few days, I finally managed to:

  • Improve RF handling and make it more robust as well as send more data from the beacon
  • The Locator can work as a beacon too
  • Multi-beacon support – single Locator can track multiple beacons at once
  • Some other fixes and improvements

The future is also bright since, if time allows, I intend to integrate it with INAV as well. But now, it will not act the same way as INAV Radar. I have different ideas for that. That might be interesting, right?

If anybody would like to talk about the project, here is the Discord channel for that https://discord.gg/q9vC66R9bA

QmuBeacon – open-source Arduino GPS locator/beacon drone is now public

If too long didn’t watch: it’s a GPS equipped beacon/locator DIY system based on popular radio development boards compatible with Arduino: LoRa32u4 and ESP32 LORA32 working in 868/915MHz band using LoRa modulation. You put a beacon on anything you want to track: airplane, drone, car, boat, wife, husband and use Locator to get distance and heading. Both beacon and locator are battery operated and should have a range of a few kilometers in the air.