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 Tony H on July 2, 2010 at 3:27pm
@ Daniel

Yes, it works. I just posted proof here. Make sure you also buy the JST cable so that you can connect it to the APM
Comment by Wallace Edwards on July 2, 2010 at 3:43pm
@Darren If you go o the IMU page in the DIY store your will find this link to the recommended Air Speed sensor
Comment by Daniel Gru on July 2, 2010 at 3:53pm
Thanks Tony.
You mean this cable right?
Comment by Tony H on July 2, 2010 at 4:50pm
@ Daniel

Yah, that is the one. Or you can get the 15 cm one.
Comment by Neil Baker on July 2, 2010 at 4:59pm
I have been patiently waiting in the background as I cannot put the APM in my plane until late August when I get home but I had a couple questions if someone could help me.
- What are the options going to be for connecting the xbees to the APM? Does it need to go to the telemetry port or is there somewhere else?
-My ublox GPS isnt communicating(led C). Loaded the APM demo last week and then loaded the APM 1_0 succesfully last night and it still dosnt work. Am i missing something? Left it outside for a while and not even a flash from the LED.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2010 at 5:03pm
Johannes: Is your uBlox programmed for ArduPilot?
Comment by Neil Baker on July 2, 2010 at 5:34pm
Yep from the diy store with the adapter.
Comment by Bryan McGuire on July 2, 2010 at 11:16pm
Which way should it go?
Dynamic tube (just a metal pipe?) on top and static tube (sealed on the end, with 4 holes in the side?) on the bottom, or the other way around?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2010 at 11:20pm
Bryan, it's in the manual. Active on top, static on bottom.
Comment by Matic Peric on July 4, 2010 at 12:42pm
I just bought an ArduPilot Mega board and the new Mega IMU shield. Now I'm trying to find a sample code on how to read data from gyros, accelerometers and magnetometers. I don't need the whole autopilot code right now, cause I'm just testing some data for now. I've seen the 2.6 code, is that usable with the new shield?


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