I am building a quadrotor for a school project. For the project I need to have a quad which is capable of autonomous flight. I would like to be able to do more than hover, but that would be the minimum requirement. I am on a somewhat limited budget so I don't want to spend a ton of money. I am looking at hobbyking because of their nice price point. I understand that their products don't have the best record for reliability, but for a short time investment they are very appealing.
I have purchased and assembled the APM 1 kit and have uploaded the quadrotor firmware from the APM mission planner.
I am looking at purchasing these parts
Any thoughts or opinions on these would be highly appreciated.
Also, I was looking over the ArduCopter wiki and the instructions mentioned that you must have a RC unit. Is the RC unit absolutely necessary even if I plan on only doing autonomous flights?