All Blog Posts Tagged 'APM' (143)

APM2.5.2 & 2.6 MIC5219-3.3YM5 (GL33) Regulator Mod & Alternate Capacitor Mod

APM2.5.2 & 2.6 MIC5219-3.3YM5 (GL33) Regulator Mod & Alternate Capacitor Mod

Supplies Needed:

MIC5219-3.3YM5 SOT23-5 Package 3.3V Fixed Voltage Regulator

0402 or 0603 size SMD 470Ω Resistor ( Marked [471] )

(1) 1206 size 100uf 6.3V Ceramic Capacitor or (2) 1206 size 47uf 6.3V…


Added by Paul Krajewski on April 23, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

My First Quadcopter with xtPilot [Setup]

Hi Guys,

Firstly, I want to say thanks to APM2.5 dev team, 3DRobotic, their open source projects that helped me a lot to complete my first drone, include xtPilot -  a modified hardware shown above, original is APM2.5 open hardware project.

(see my previous post -…


Added by Thanh Nguyen on April 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

Low cost version of APM2.5

Hi everybody, I have just finished this low cost version of APM2.5 because it's difficult to buy a original board in my country, so I decided to build my own hardware with two layers PCB :)

I have solved some bugs in hw such as:

I also added a…


Added by Thanh Nguyen on April 9, 2014 at 11:00am — 33 Comments

APM Planner 2.0 First Official Stable Release [UPDATED]

[UPDATED to 2.0.7: we had a serious issue with serial connectivity and APM2.x and FTDI, it now fixed. All users that download 2.06 will be notified automatically of the new release]

APM Planner…


Added by Bill Bonney on March 10, 2014 at 7:57pm — 27 Comments

Irresponsable and Immoral



Lately I have been following the kikstarter project “The pocket Drone” which is having a huge impact.

First of all I am a bit pissed off because in the kikstarter project…


Added by Carles Gelada on February 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — 61 Comments

Wiki Ninja
I Really Need help solving a problem for all of us!

We have a great new Wiki / Manual which is actually being I think very helpful for all of us.

But there is a Huge - Seemingly Intractable Problem. At least in my estimation of things:

No the Iris isn't the problem, It's a really great 3DR copter, probably the best one available for the…


Added by Gary McCray on February 23, 2014 at 7:30pm — 62 Comments

Pixhawk Futaba T8J 6 modes configuration with 2 switches (C & D)

Disclaimer: I don't know what I am doing. This seems a bit more complicated than other solutions I have found (since I had to use the Sub Trim) but it works with what is the latest T8J firmware (I think I have the latest but cannot confirm since I see no way of knowing the version # or upgrading the firmware).

These are my settings. I had to use the Sub Trim to move the PWM output of the C switch in the middle position so I would have access to the third mode with D…


Added by Frenchguy on February 23, 2014 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

FPV Shaolin Returns (with APM Camera Gimbal )

新年快乐.  A happy Chinese New Year to all those who celebrate it, year of the horse! 

"FPV Shaolin Returns" was filmed with a basic 1-axis ArduPilot Camera Gimbal RC10 (A10) which you can see on camera 2. …


Added by noeL on January 31, 2014 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Major new update for APM:Rover code!

ArduRover Developer Test Track and Typical Mission Test Course

Good news from Andrew Tridgell and the rest of the APM:Rover (ArduRover) Development Team: they've pushed out a major new release (2.45). Major changes include: numerous updates for PX4 and Pixhawk, dual sensor…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 26, 2014 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

"Region of Interest" Feature in DroidPlanner 2.0 Beta

Let's hope this feature is fully implemented in DroidPlanner 2.0 as there are many reasons and ways to use this feature for aerial mapping and photography.

Added by AKRCGUY on January 24, 2014 at 12:14pm — 18 Comments

3D Robotics
Major new update for APM:Plane code

Good news from Andrew Tridgell and the rest of the APM:Plane (ArduPlane) dev team: they've pushed out a major new release (2.77). Major changes include: lots of updates for PX4 and Pixhawk, dual sensor support on Pixhawk and new throttle arming code.

The following is from Tridge's release announcement. Please post any questions or comments there. 



Added by Chris Anderson on January 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 36 Comments

APM Planner 2.0 RC2 Update


It's been a busy two weeks over the New Year, adding new features to APM Planner 2.0 and fixing some of the issues raised. The current changes include

  • Better handling of missions with Waypoint 0 being marked as the HOME location
  • Improvements to dataflash log…

Added by Bill Bonney on January 10, 2014 at 8:30pm — 34 Comments

Aerodynamic FPV Bixler (v1.1) with APM 2.5

Hi there

Just a quick post of my Bixler v1.1 build and some mods I`ve done in the last weeks! The main goal was to fit in an APM 2.5 and a MinimOSD / Telemetry as well as the GPS, the FPV gear and all the standart RC gear "inside" the plane in an attempt to make this plane more aerodynamic. I didn`t see this setup so far, so I thought somebody might find it useful / has any suggestions.

The camera, the 5.8gHz TX and the MinimOSD are protected under the cockpit…


Added by sixtimesseven on January 3, 2014 at 9:00pm — 22 Comments

Wrap up your holidays with great deals from 3DR!

There’s an extra jingle in the air with 3D Robotics’ holiday deals. Now through Thursday, Jan. 2 at 3 p.m., PST, get great deals on some our most popular products.

$40 off APM 2.6 with GPS and 3DR Radio

The APM 2.6 is a powerful open source autopilot system that can transform any…


Added by Sue Rosenstock on December 23, 2013 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Arduino ModeSwitch with OLED display and passthrough ports

The ModeSwitch saga continues, I am happy to announce our new OLED ModeSwitch project for all. 

Several days we published LED based Flight ModeSwitch project here and I promised to show this OLED project too so here goes. 

This is more advanced compared to our upcoming…


Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 20, 2013 at 7:06am — 9 Comments

EPM Cargo Gripper. Simple easy method for gripping and relasing cargo on a copter

The EPM Cargo gripper EPM-688-5 V1.21  from is now supported by APM:Copter master branch.

Master branch != widely tested! Wait for the 3.2 release if you´re not comfortable with that.

This setup has only been tested by the…


Added by ctech4285 on December 19, 2013 at 9:00am — 22 Comments

Emergency parachute trigger options

I´m finally finishing the setup of a new airframe, wich now has a parachute system released by a servo (almost like this):


Now comes the tricky part: how to setup a good way of activating the parachute from…


Added by Ricardo Affonso on December 18, 2013 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Arduino ModeSwitch with LEDs

6 Way mode switch gets life...

Finally after several iterations on PCB and electronics design, first jDrones ModeSwitches are getting to daylight.

First boards are fully operational and we are testing them with several of our test flyers. …


Added by Jani Hirvinen on December 18, 2013 at 3:23am — 26 Comments

5 Things I Think Will Revolutionize the APM

  1. The Release of the 3D Robotics Rover.  This is extremely significant because an APM compatible rover will help drive up the amount of users and contributors to the Rover side of the APM Open Source Development (ArduRover is used far…

Added by Joshua Johnson on December 10, 2013 at 9:58pm — 27 Comments

1st Full Autonomous Mission with 3DR Y6 Copter


3rd flight and first full autonomous flight from take off to touch down.  Still some tuning to figure out.  You'll see from the video that when the copter approaches each waypoint, there is a lot of oscillation then it smoothes out.  If anyone has any tips on how to adjust the setting to get rid of this please comment below.…


Added by AKRCGUY on December 1, 2013 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

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