By Chris Anderson [ ]

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 [ ] 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 [ ], multicopters l ], helicopters [ ], and control ground rovers and boats [ ]. 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 [ ] 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 [ ]


Features include:

Hardware includes the following:

Last updated by Chris Anderson [ ] January 4 2012.

Copyright 2012