Here is a list of electronics I have considered, and I would like to make a purchase in the next day or two if possible.
- ArduPilot or ArduPilot Mega - Although we are currently using a 4-channel radio, I'm leaning towards the Mega for the 2MB onboard memory (Is this correct?) and the extra channels we may need.
- EM-406A SiRF III - Will this work with both the ArduPilot and the ArduPilot Mega? If not, which engines will?
- IDG500 Dual 500°/s - This should be easy to interface, correct? I feel that two axes will be sufficient, so one of these should be enough.
- FTDI Basic Breakout - 5V - I have an Arduino Duemilanove. Is it possible to program the ArduPilot using the Tx/Rx pins on the Duemilanove, or would it either be impossible or too much of a hassle?
As far as code goes, we have decided to use the ArduPilot code simply as a reference. Programming can be DIY also, and even though we may be reinventing the wheel, we believe this is how experience is gained. Is entirely reprogramming a system too much of a dream to become a reality, or is it normally done?
I would be grateful to get some advice on this! Any details would be appreciated.