Help buying an Arducopter flight controller

Hello,

I've spent the last several hours trying to figure out where to purchase a none Chinese knockoff of the Arducopter flight controller.

I've seen references to 3dr but I can't find an Arducopter flight controller on their site and Google searches just lead me to lots of what appear to be knockoffs.

Can someone please point me to a reliable source for an Arducopter flight controller.

I live in the U.S. and would like to purchase from a U.S. seller.

Thanks in advance

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  • Gary Scott, if you'd like to purchase a genuine Pixhawk, check out MROBOTICS (Jordi Munoz's company - He was the co-founder of 3DR) @ https://store.mrobotics.io/ 

    If you really want a quality tested product and want to purchase from a company that not only manufacturers but supports their products, going MRobotics is honestly the only way for a genuine Pixhawk. Alternatively, the Pixhawk 2.1 is an EXCELLENT product as well and has significant advantages over the standard Pixhawk including internal vibration dampening for the IMUs. 

    https://store.mrobotics.io/
  • I forgot. Here is where you get your autopilot -- just get a Pixhawk set. https://store.mrobotics.io/category-s/113.htm

    The person that runs this great US online store is the co-founder of 3DR. It is my go-to place for quality hardware. 

    PixHawk

  • Thanks Marc for the info.


    Marc Dornan said:

    Gary -- they are all made in China as this is open source. The vast majority of hobbyists use a Pixhawk-class FC from Banggood or Hobbyking. They are usually fine. 3DR's version probably is the path of least resistance though.


  • Thanks Simon.


    Simon L. said:

    Hi Gary, just to clarify, Arducopter is not a flight controller but rather the name of the software that runs on it.. It is part of the ArduPilot Suite which includes - Arducopter for Multirotors, -Arduplane for fixed wing aircraft, -APMRover for land vehicules and -Antenna Tracker for ...  antenna tracking.

    The flight controllers that will run these fine programs are: Pixhawk, Pixhawk2.1, PX4, Pixracer, APM, etc....

    You should read the official forums and info pages here to learn all about this very very cool technology:
    http://ardupilot.org/ardupilot/index.html

    You are right about trying to avoid Chinese Knock-offs: I had a bad experience with a lemon.. Head over to 3DR or ProfiCNC for the real deal.. Good luck and have fun!!

  • One good choice also, the Pixhawk 2.1

  • Gary -- they are all made in China as this is open source. The vast majority of hobbyists use a Pixhawk-class FC from Banggood or Hobbyking. They are usually fine. 3DR's version probably is the path of least resistance though.

  • Hi Gary, just to clarify, Arducopter is not a flight controller but rather the name of the software that runs on it.. It is part of the ArduPilot Suite which includes - Arducopter for Multirotors, -Arduplane for fixed wing aircraft, -APMRover for land vehicules and -Antenna Tracker for ...  antenna tracking.

    The flight controllers that will run these fine programs are: Pixhawk, Pixhawk2.1, PX4, Pixracer, APM, etc....

    You should read the official forums and info pages here to learn all about this very very cool technology:
    http://ardupilot.org/ardupilot/index.html

    You are right about trying to avoid Chinese Knock-offs: I had a bad experience with a lemon.. Head over to 3DR or ProfiCNC for the real deal.. Good luck and have fun!!

    Regulations: — ArduPilot documentation
  • Thanks, I just found out that the Arducopter flight controller was replaced by the PixHawk.
  • 3D Robotics

    The new 3DR Pixhawk Mini is here. Works great with ArduCopter 3.5

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