Convert any RC airplane into a fully-autonomous UAV!
Just add the APM 2 autopilot to any RC aircraft and it becomes a fully-programmable flying robot with a powerful ground station and Mission Planner.  


Features include:

  • Return to Launch with a flick of your RC toggle switch or a mouse click in the graphical Ground Station
  • Unlimited 3D GPS waypoints
  • Built-in camera control
  • Fully-scriptable missions
  • One-click software load, and easy point-and-click configuration in the powerful Mission Planner. NO programming required!
  • Replay recorded missions and analyze all the data with a graphing interface
  • Supports two-way telemetry with Xbee wireless modules. 
  • Point-and-click waypoint entry or real-time mission commands while the UAV is in the air
  • Fly with a joystick or gamepad via your PC--no need for RC control!
  • Built-in failsafe will bring your aircraft home in the case of radio loss


All instructions and software are here.




APM 2 is an open source, Arduino-compatible, pro-quality autopilot. It is the most advanced IMU-based open source autopilot available today, and provides an entire UAV control system with scriptable missions with 3D waypoints, in-flight uploading of commands and powerful ground station software. 


APM 2 supports any kind of of vehicle with a one-click change of code. Available code include ArduPlane (fixed wing), ArduCopter (rotary wing), ArduRover (ground vehicles) and more.


Everything you need to create an ArduPlane UAV:


APM 2.5 autopilot with GPS ($179)

[Optional] Telemetry kit ($75).


You'll also need a at least a five-channel RC radio setup, a soldering iron, a mini USB cable and of course something that flies! (We're partial to the SkyFun delta wing (right) and
Bixlee 2   powered glider (left) or its equivalents ourselves).






Source code/firmware

Note: ArduPilot Mega requires no programming, but it's open source and you're welcome to modify it if you'd like. If you are going to play with the code, you can use the free Arduino IDE to edit and upload the code to the ArduPilot board.



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Comment by muffin123 on February 6, 2013 at 8:28pm


i have a 2.4GHz optic 5 tx and i am wondering if i can use the engine cut switch to trigger the autopilot. it is a pushbutton switch.

Comment by Frederico Fernandes on March 21, 2013 at 3:15pm

Comment by Ife O Ogunleye on October 8, 2012 at 5:45pm

When i click on the "Telemetry kit" link, I get the follow error message.


You do not have access to this page. Please contact customer service for further details on accessing this password protected section."

Comment by Chris Anderson on October 8, 2012 at 5:53pm

Ife: Good catch. Fixed!

This is seen on pag. 70, but it continues happen to me.


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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 21, 2013 at 8:31pm

Frederico, the links in the post above all work for me. There may be some old links in the comments section from users; please ignore them (we can't control user links)

Comment by Simon Howroyd on March 26, 2013 at 12:19pm

Any chance of making a power neat regulator (like the one in the pic) that will do for 7s LiPo. I am using a UBEC at the mo, but like this solution better and I'm too lazy to do it myself ;-)

Comment by Frederico Fernandes on March 26, 2013 at 2:19pm

Tks Chris, link is okey now.

Comment by Matthew Coleman on May 20, 2013 at 4:57pm
Interesting claim on the front page that it "is suitable for all planes". I guess it is of you modify the code and hardware enough.
Comment by Matthew Coleman on May 20, 2013 at 5:33pm

I correct myself, it reads "a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types".

Comment by Austin Laws on June 2, 2013 at 7:34am
Does it support 2 sevros on ailerons? Hope so lol. Some one please let me know. Thanks Austin.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 2, 2013 at 11:40am

Austin: Yes. Details in the manual.

Comment by Jim Powell on July 18, 2013 at 6:21pm

I have a quick question. Will the Eagle Tree OSD work with Arduplane 2.5? I have this left over from other flights on FPV and would like to use what I already know. Thanks...WU5C


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