Integrating Depth Camera with ArduPilot Gazebo for Obstacle Avoidance

Hello community,

I am currently working on integrating a Realsense D435 with my drone in the ArduPilot Gazebo simulation environment. My goal is to implement obstacle avoidance during the drone’s mission. I have been using the ardupilot_gazebo package.
Maybe you could tell me how to combine all these things step by step. I will be extremely grateful
Here are the specifics of my setup:
Ubuntu 20.04 ROS kinetic
ArduPilot Gazebo version: GitHub - ArduPilot/ardupilot_gazebo: Plugins and models for vehicle simulation in Gazebo Sim with ArduPilot SITL controllers
Depth camera model: GitHub - issaiass/realsense_gazebo_plugin: || The realsense gazebo plugin for intel cameras from PAL Robotics || d435 I think i can use this : vision_to_mavros/scripts/ at master · thien94/vision_to_mavros · GitHub
I could not successfully integrated the depth camera with the drone in ArduPilot Gazebo . I would appreciate any guidance or insights on how to proceed with this task.

Specifically, I am interested in:

How to configure ArduPilot to utilize the depth camera data for obstacle detection.
Are there any existing plugins or tools that facilitate this process?
Any code snippets or examples demonstrating obstacle avoidance using depth cameras with ArduPilot in Gazebo.
I have already reviewed the relevant documentation, but additional insights from the community would be immensely helpful. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Hi @Jazx_Jazx, replied with an initial answer to your question on ArduPilot Discourse: Integrating Depth Camera with ArduPilot Gazebo for Obstacle Avoidance - #2 by rhys - ArduCopter - ArduPilot Discourse.

Setting up the camera is straightforward, getting the data into a form you can use for avoidance depends on the tools you want to use, but mapping into ROS with ros_gz is probably a good start. Will follow up on the Discourse page. Best to post in just one place (not cross post) in future.

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