ArduCopter Development & Production news--Pre-orders now starting!

 

Late happenings at ArduCopter "Factories"...

 

Another milestone on releases, few weeks ago we had our first official Alpha software release and now saga continues..

 

It's been long and fast ride in past 6 months. It all started as a dream to create nice expansion for original ArduPilot electronics. Then Jordi and others created new even better and more compact electronics for IMU use, after that people started to create more and more their of flying devices. So finally we decided to take it to next level. Level of ArduCopter and it's full line of electronics, frames and other R/C equipment.

 

We on development group owe a bit thanks to the whole DIY Drones community and people who are playing key roles on it. Now we already have nice and rather well working ArduCopter software written for the latest hardware and well working fixedwing software so things are looking good on our users perspective. Sure there are still many things to develop, and new development happens every single day, maybe some of our users won't always see it but there are a lot of things done behind the scenes.

 

In totally on ArduCopter project it self we have around 20 people working with it, some as occasional commiters, some of us are more or less working as full time and some even all day around 7 days per week... Why, well we just like it a lot and we want to provide these good experiences to our users.

 

I should not need to tell that what we are trying to do here but let's say it anyways. Thing what we try to accomplish with ArduCopter and ArduPilots projects in generally is to create low cost and easy to use UAV platforms that can be extended easily to higher levels. We try to keep designs as simple as possible so people even with low mechanical skills would be comfortable to build them and enjoy of flying.

 

Naturally our platforms is not for everyone but at least we try to make it suitable for as many as possible. And you can be part of that process. So if you have any ideas just let us know. We are constantly looking new ideas and ways to do things.

 

 

ArduCopter KITs

Long waited time has come. We have been using hundreds of people to find all suitable parts and part providers for us, thousands of emails has been sent back and forth and now finally ArduCopter v1.0 release is at hand.

Also long waited prices for KIT's are here too. Our original goal was to create a multirotor platform with less than $1,000.00 USD, and yes Sir, we did it. Actually we did it way under of our first price goals. So here they finally are:

ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Full KIT price will be $499 USD
- ArduPilot Mega
- ArduPilot Mega IMU / OilPan
- MediaTek GPS
- Needed connectors for GPS and APM
- Motors (850kv), ESCs (20Amp), 10x45 Propellers
- Full Frame kit

You only need to add Radio/Receiver and battery to make it complete.


ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Frame KIT, $290 USD
- Full Frame kit
- Motors (850Kv), ESCs (20Amp), 10x45 Propellers

ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Frame itself $160 USD
- Just all frame parts

All frame KIT's have Fixed delivery price of $55 USD and it works most of countries. But due some countries can have high delivery costs, we will cover extras costs as long as they stay under 25%, if it goes more than that we might need to charge small extra for delivery. We are constantly looking better and more economic methods for deliveries.

Hexa and other frames will be available later after basic production is running properly on Quad frames. There also is going to be full range of extra accessories and spareparts for all frames.

Frame itself contains parts like in earlier Beta frame had plus some extras and upgraded parts based on our beta tester comments and proposals. Main changes are in Arches, Power PCB, MotorMount, New choices for arms, landing gear fins, spareparts and also some extra connectors are included on this new frame kit.


Originally we planned to have pre-orders and Asian/European orders under PhiFUN but due legal issues and taxation, we moved it to more official company to ensure that everything is done legally. So we are using Fah Pah Electronics new site that I have been building last week for all our deliveries. All PhiFUN operations has been moved under Fah Pah. (My working table is still on same place and full of tiny AC parts as always hahah).


After normal deliveries has started, ArduCopter KIT's and parts can be found from following shops:

http://store.diydrones.com (for US only)
http://store.jdrones.com (rest of the world)


There will be few local distributors, their names/locations will be announced later (edited to here)

Estimate to start deliveries is now on 1st week of November. Depending on how our Motor and ESC shipment is arriving from factory. We are keeping parts arrival records on our Wiki so check it out.

 

Now let's fill the world with ArduHappines :)


Cheers,
Jani / The headless ArduCopter man on Youtube ;)

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Tags: ArduCopter, Development, Pre-Orders, news

Comment by Ron Jacobs on October 20, 2010 at 8:20am
@Jani

Thanks for the clarification. I always forget about those regulation thingies. Great work on the site and getting things moving.

@Michael
Not silly at all. I was wondering the same thing. I live on the Canadian prairies. Right smack in the flattest most wide open place I can think of, but I live in one of the largest cities and we have green spaces that are great, but not big enough for flying fixed wing, really and I don't get alot of time to run away to a flying field.

I can get a complete Arducoper kit for a bit more than what it would cost me to put together an easy star, including the AP and IMU. So I am wondering if the Arducopter would be a good first airframe or not?

Ron

JDrones
Comment by Jani Hirvinen on October 20, 2010 at 8:20am
@Michael, yes quads are good especially for beginners due you can fly them on rather small areas like on your backyard, they are stabile, silent and really easy to fly compared to fixedwings (airplanes) and especially compared to helicopters. Sure you still need some flying skills to fly these too but you learn that easily.

About camera, yes I have carried many times my Sony Bloggie HD camera on this, and now waiting to receive GoPro HD so we can make camera holders to that too. There will be also bigger camera holders coming for ArduCopter. On my youtube channel there are a lot test videos and also onboard Sony Bloggie videos taken with our development quads and software.

@Majorpr13, just wait a bit it will be there soon. We are waiting our new 2 side Rev.C PCB's from factory. If there is a need to old Rev.B boards, we will make those too.

@Simone that should be quite ok
Comment by Hasufel on October 20, 2010 at 8:28am
Hi Jani, we've got a little problem here: on fahpah.com,
tried the wire transfer method, but says distributor method only. Normally we should be able to pay through paypal directly without opening an account... Order #46 was made using the paypal method but I didnt complete payment on paypal as account needed (although got the email, so problem there) and order #47 with message "accountants will contact you". Please help for people like me who do not want to open a paypal account ! Thanks!
Comment by John Owen on October 20, 2010 at 8:36am
Any estimate on shipping time to US from EMS shipping? Would it be faster to just order from DIY if I am shipping to US?
Comment by Gunnar Forsgren mobimation.com on October 20, 2010 at 8:42am
I got #42
Comment by Ground Loop on October 20, 2010 at 8:50am
Wooo! In for one.

(Thailand?? $42?)

GoPro HD is on the shelf, standing by. Will buy the first custom holder available for it.
Comment by Ground Loop on October 20, 2010 at 8:51am
Of course, if it was sold out of California, there would be $43 in sales tax anyway, so Win!
Comment by Sashikumar on October 20, 2010 at 9:07am
How much just for the power distribution board rev c.

JDrones
Comment by Jani Hirvinen on October 20, 2010 at 9:09am
@Hasufel, i will look and fix your order. you can still use PayPal without registering it. Hopefully on next week we will have direct credircard payment system working too.

@John, what we shipped beta frames with EMS to US.. fastest was 6 days and longest 10

@Dylan, you can use basically what ever from 2200 to 4000 mAh 3S lipos. ESCs/Motors can even handle 4S. I mainly been using 2200mAh 3S LiPos on my test and fun flying, with camera (Sony Bloggie) onboard I use 2650mAh 3S LiPo's, and mostly get 9-10 mins of air time with those mAh's.

I have not tested maximum payload capasity yet but those tests will come soon too. With default motors it carries really easily 300gr at least. After all our final parts have arrived, I will update our Wiki pages and put correct weights there.
Comment by Alex on October 20, 2010 at 9:12am
I had same problem as an earlier guy, but i had to make a paypal account. I put in #62 wire transfer, but it said distributor only, so i put in #63 w/ a new paypal account, which i now have to go cancel...

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