By Chris Anderson [ http://www.diydrones.com/profile/zlitezlite ]
The ArduPilot Project
The ArduPilot project is a family of open source autopilots based on the Arduino open source computing platform. It consists of a choice of ArduPilot Mega (APM) electronics and a range of free software versions for different vehicles.
ArduPilot Mega [ http://store.diydrones.com/ArduPilot_Mega_kit_p/kt-apm-01.htm ] is a pro-quality IMU autopilot based on the Arduino Mega platform, which can turn any RC vehicle into a fully autonomous Unmanned Aerial (or Ground) Vehicle. Depending on which software you choose, it can fly fixed-wing aircraft [ http://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/wiki/home?tm=6 ], multicopters l http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/ArduCopter?tm=6 ], helicopters [ http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/ArduCopter_TradHeli ], and control ground rovers and boats [ https://github.com/arktools/ardupilotone/wiki/ArduRover ]. It handles both autonomous stabilization and GPS navigation and allows fully scripted waypoint missions and camera control. It supports 8 RC channels, has four serial ports and features an all-in design.
It consists of a main processor board (the red board above) and an IMU shield (the blue board) that fits on it--the two are shown mounted together at top. It's available as a kit [ http://store.diydrones.com/ArduPilot_Mega_kit_p/kt-apm-01.htm ] for $250 at the DIY Drones store.
Everything you need for ArduPilot Mega:
It's also available in a pre-soldered ready-to-use form ($299) here [ http://www.udrones.com/product_p/expck1.htm ]
Hardware includes the following:
Last updated by Chris Anderson [ http://www.diydrones.com/profile/zlitezlite ] January 4 2012.
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