As many of you are aware the Microsoft Kinect, and Asus Xtion are now out of production and are getting harder to obtain. As such we need to find a new depth sensor to use for the TurtleBot.
Thanks to the work of several of the TurtleBot distributors as well as support from Orbbec I'm happy to announce that we have initial versions of ROS drivers for the Astra available as debian packages.
Call for testing
If you have an astra please take some time to try out the new packages. They are definitely still under development but should be a drop in replacement for the openni_camera.
There are packages currently in ros-shadow-fixed for both indigo and kinetic. The package name is astra_camera, and there's an astra_launch package as well.
To get things working you may need to install udev rules
I made the latest release from my fork, but I've submitted it back upstream to orbbec at: https://github.com/orbbec/ros_astra_camera If you have issues please file tickets there.
If you'd like to try out the TurtleBot with an Astra there's an
astra_support branch of the turtlebot repository which has added
astra as a possible