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.

APM 2.6 [ ] 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 [ ], 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.

You can buy APM 2.5 for $159 ($240 with advanced GPS module) here [ ]. Everything else you need for a complete autopilot (flight software and desktop utility software) is free!


Features include:

Hardware includes the following:

Last updated by Chris Anderson [ ] July 20 2013.

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