Ardupilot Space Program


Ardupilot Space Program

 This is a group to share experience in an open way about using the Ardupilot for space flight! We want help you carry out missions to Near Space and beyond with the Ardupilot/Arduino/Raspberry Pi ect... This is provided to be a safe place to share information and experience for those that want to experiment in this exciting venture.

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Latest Activity: Dec 21, 2017

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Continuing efforts on the space program

Started by Monroe King Jul 29, 2016. 0 Replies

 Just fyi this project is still on going. Of late I've been working on a small turbopump project which includes the use of the 5-axis cnc project we started here on DIYD. I just saw some good…Continue

Team Prometheus X12A Spaceplane

Started by Monroe King. Last reply by Monroe King Dec 29, 2014. 7 Replies

 Well it's been a long and arduous journey to develop an APM/Pixhawk UAV Spaceplane but it looks like in 2015 there will finally be some interesting things to post about the project. We are nearing…Continue

Space Flight Simulation with FlightGear and X-Plane HIL and SITL

Started by Monroe King. Last reply by Monroe King Jan 12, 2014. 1 Reply

Finally! I have something to do HIL testing…Continue

Canadian Rules and Regulations

Started by Mhmoud Essalah. Last reply by Monroe King Jan 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Greetings everyone,I've compiled some resources regarding rules that govern high altitude balloon flights as well UAV systems for amateurs in Canada. Based on my own experience, I would advise close…Continue

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Comment by Monroe King on January 14, 2016 at 8:44am

We make a major breakthrough recently with reaction wheels and cold gas thrusters! I will do a writeup perhaps tonight.

Comment by Monroe King on September 30, 2015 at 4:31am

By the way if your interested in our progress you can look here

I post pretty regularly what we are doing there.

Comment by Monroe King on September 30, 2015 at 4:26am

With the CNC project I've been working on for a couple years about to take off I'm hoping we can make enough monet to further fund the Ardupilot Space Program.

I've been working on the Pixhawk for space applications much like the Cubli here.

I believe the Pixhawk can be an open source space platform for cubesats which are small satellites used for research in orbit.

So hopefully our team can make more progress this next year with the ardupilot space program.

The X12A Spaceplane we developed is just waiting for funding now with the systems we developed from ardupilot and the Pixhawk using ground control and long range communications so the ground work and infrastructure are in place for this project to progress.

The cold gas RCS system and the reaction wheel system for cubesat control are just a few of the things we have been working on.

We have failed to get enough interest in this field thus far but I believe with just a little more funding things will get interesting enough to bring the Pixhawk into a new realm of development.

Keep watching this space :) we are still making progress you wont want to miss!

Comment by Monroe King on September 10, 2015 at 7:48am


Yeah the reason for doing it is it will be really amazing! Check out Ardusat who we helped raise over $100K for on Kickstarter. That project actually flew in space with Arduino. I've been working hard on this lately to hard to do any updqating but soon you will see some very interesting post here.

Comment by Randy Mulson on June 12, 2015 at 9:28am

I'm not sure average people will be able to use drones in space any time soon. Its a cool concept but you need a lot of education in orbital mechanics to operate something in space.

Try out games like orbiter or kerbal space program and you will get a basic feel for how difficult it is. That is all said assuming you can get it up there. If you manage it though it'll be really amazing.

Comment by J Smith on May 1, 2015 at 6:07am

Fascinating concept! I have not even begun to think about all the implications and possibilities - will be checking back to do some reading!

Comment by David Anders on June 24, 2013 at 1:28am
MLK, that discussion re the regs is what you were thinking?

Comment by David Anders on June 17, 2013 at 7:12am

Btw - I haven't forgotten about or disappeared on those Australian regulations.  I actually have them printed out on my desk *waves them at the screen*, but work has been a little busy this last week.  I will get them up by the end of this week. (:

Comment by David Anders on June 7, 2013 at 5:22pm

Sure - happy to.

Comment by David Anders on June 7, 2013 at 5:09pm

Yes, that would be great!  I was also thinking that it should include links to the relevant national regulators and info on high altitude adventures.  I know you mentioned the FAA regs, but here in Australia we have CASA and their version too.  Nice, quick and easy way to get up to speed on what's happening.


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