ArduCopter - Sneak Preview (60% assembled)

Sneak preview of ArduCopter 24" frame. Frame is about 60-65% assembled.

Comment by K Parekh on July 20, 2010 at 12:01pm
Looks nice and neat. Wonder, what is the total weight of it?

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 20, 2010 at 5:53pm
Weight of that setup in picture is 162 grams. Ok it still misses some parts like motor mounts, protective dome but they are not heavy.

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Comment by John Church on July 20, 2010 at 6:24pm
That's looking good. You'll have a winner if you keep in this direction.
Comment by Mauro Rodriguez on July 20, 2010 at 8:01pm
Hi Jani! It looks nice! mine is very similar... when do you think that the beta version of the soft will be available?? :S

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 20, 2010 at 8:18pm
Thank you, we try to do it as best as we possibly can.. There are still many things to do and even from this frame parts are missing. Like said, limited beta frame production is already running and we have already received few pre-orders of them from our most loyal users. Beta frame shipments should start during next week. After that we wait few weeks to get replies back of design. If no any bigger changes. Next patch will be ordered quite soon.

Software is already flyable but far from ready. Currently no official estimates on beta release on software but if this our current speed of development continues, I expect it to happen in next month or so. Currently we are developing common libraries and functions that can be used on all ArduXXXX platforms. Eg. ArduPIlot for fixed wings, ArduCopter, ArduHeli and so on. This is a big task for our library guys due everything depends on those and I can say that they are doing great job on it.

Wiki/repository has already all needed libraries and firmwares for people who cannot wait.. But be careful with that software, I guarantee that there are bugs :P

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Comment by Morli on July 20, 2010 at 8:42pm
Hi Jani , this/you are turning into sort of serial killer by publishing a short episodes of thrilling development :)). The frame looks very good even in in-complete state. Looking forward eagerly to see the complete frame( apologies for adding to pressure you/team already are in)
Comment by Wallace Edwards on July 20, 2010 at 10:22pm
Things are looking geat. I reallly like the look. Can't wait for the 1st release.
Comment by Kevin Vertucio on July 20, 2010 at 10:35pm
Hi! Newbie here. I have been lurking the site for a few months and am very excited for arducopter. This frame design looks fantastic. It's great to see it coming along from the 3d renders a few weeks back. What material are the landing pads?

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 20, 2010 at 11:00pm
@Morli, hehe Agatha Christie ehem I ment ArduCopter Team. And it's wonderfull to know that I will have first full frame on my hands soon.. Should I post pictures.. well we shall see that :P

@Kevin, frame is mainly made of Aluminum, FiberGlass and PolyCarbonate. There are also Nylon/metal/PolyCarbonate screw/spacers and nuts. Most of material is some type of composite material. Landing gear is made from 3mm PC, on final version it might be 5mm. We shall see it.. Even 3mm is rather strong and take some hard landings before breaking, those screws usually break first and they also work as a impact fuses to main body.
Comment by Tony H on July 22, 2010 at 9:17am
@ Jani

Could I preorder the frame?

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