Just a quick announcement that the ArduCopter project has been boarded by (friendly) pirates! The "ArduPirates" refers to a great group of quad hackers over on RC Groups who have been making many useful additions and fixes to official ArduCopter code. Now that the ArduCopter team has released the "NG" branch as ArduCopter RC2 and is moving on to the next version (code named ArduCopter Mega, or ACM) that's built on the mature ArduPilot Mega codebase, we've asked the ArduPirates to take over further development of NG. They've already made great leaps, and you can expect lot of energy and innovation there.

 

As ArduPirates NG versions are tested and documented, we'll release them as official ArduCopter releases as zip files on the official site.

 

So going forward, once ACM is released, there will be two well-maintained codebases to chose from. They'll share the same core libraries, so you can be confident in core functionality. But they have different "flavors" and styles, and hopefully lead to healthy cross-fertilization.

 

Please see this post by Norbert Machinek (Captain of the Pirates) for more details.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2010 at 8:34am

NG was the version that was released last week as ArduCopter RC2. I'll clarify that in the post.

Comment by Dan Sibisan on December 21, 2010 at 8:53am

Good news Chris .

ARGG all aboard the ArduCopter boat .

I`ll be gone on vacation until January , when I’m back I’m sure I’ll have a ton of testing options :D

Comment by Tom on December 21, 2010 at 10:16am

This is a good thing as i can see alot of good thing's to come buy these two goup's working together and i for one can not wait to see with what is next and want to say a big thank you to Norbert (aka KinderKram's)and all the ArduPirate's who have    worked so hard. i would all so want to thank Chirs the ArudCopter team leader i hope you all have a good xmax and a good new year  GO Pirate's   Tom

Comment by Norbert Machinek on December 21, 2010 at 10:18am

Thx for the warm welcome (or should I say "hello again" in my case?)

Feels great to be part of something new!

@ Dan: Prepare to spend most of your sparetime flyin' & testin' when back! ;-)

Comment by Ramon L on December 21, 2010 at 11:08am

Cool new's!  BTW ESC I²C  will be coming?! I'm a little bit loss here not know if there is a code yet for the APM , please light my new-b-ness jeje

Comment by Norbert Machinek on December 21, 2010 at 11:53am

There's already Peter Seddon's Octo Build flying modded ESCs.

If you don't mind DIY you can convert standard ESCs yourself.
Go here and scroll down a bit to where the octo is displayed. There's a zip file which contains code and instructions.

Comment by Ramon L on December 21, 2010 at 12:31pm

Sweet didn't knew about that thread!! I already converted each ESC, the only thing missing for me was the code for the APM, i will now continue with my project! thanks a lot!!

Comment by Juan Soler on December 21, 2010 at 2:01pm

Best news out of this place for a long while :)   Best of luck Norbert.

Comment by Ken on December 21, 2010 at 2:05pm

Coolest name in a while. But shouldn't it be AAARRRRRRRDU Pirates?

 

 

Comment by DODY on December 21, 2010 at 2:45pm

Norbert welcome, thank you to share your experiment.

I am your councils also on RC group, I build also a wii quadcopter.

++DODY

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