Art-tech, a Chinese maker of very cheap RC aircraft, has launched a UAV division and has some new products that could be interesting.

Below are the specs of the fixed wing autopilot shown above. No pricing or availability is given (I've emailed asking for more info) and the website is a terrible broken mess of missing pages and non-working sections, so I assume the product is not out yet. My own experience with Art-Tech is that its products are pretty low quality, but perhaps this new division is aiming higher. We'll see...


Integrate GPS receiver, three-axis MEMS gyro, three-axis accelerometers, pressure altimeter, inertial strapdown
attitude algorithm

Adopt UBLOX 5th generation GPS receiver, 4Hz output, 35 seconds fast positioning time and accuracy of 2.5 meters CEP

50HZ inner attitude control, 4HZ outer navigation control. high-precision attitude through to use
32 ARM7microprocessors

Three Modes Options:

Manual remote control, /Auto balance remote control /Automatic navigation control.

Two modes for Ground Control Station:

Flight Course navigation mode / Mouse pointing flight Real-time Control mode.

Waypoints setting through Ground Control Station

Auto-return protection after communication interruption

Distance Automatic photography

The ground station software contains electronic map that can change the route and tasks online,real-time
semi-autonomous remote control, and can real-time record flight data and
play back

Contains the autopilot power supply voltage monitoring, electric aircraft power voltage monitoring, GPS accuracy of detection
and autopilot temperature detection.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 6, 2010 at 10:53pm
That system has been in the wild for six months or so Chris and I can't remember where I saw it but I think it was about $3000 just waiting for somebody brave enough to buy one and share the results.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 6, 2010 at 11:54pm
They've offered me a rock-bottom dealer price of $1,270 for a sample. I'll buy one and test it for review here. Taking one for the team ;-)

Comment by Alex on June 7, 2010 at 1:40am
Looking forward to hearing how it performs!

Comment by Morli on June 7, 2010 at 2:50am
I had some experience with art-tech stuff ( foam planes and 3D dragon heli). I agree with you on their quality Chris. they are terrible . I am not sure if it worth even $ 1270, Chris. As a dealer option , they should send you one sample as demo, if you like it , then pay else send it back should have been more appropriate IMHO

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on June 7, 2010 at 4:55am
Chris, buy rather a new RVOSD with waypointing and analyze, why are you sabotaging western economy like that?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 7, 2010 at 5:09am
Looks like you just undermined there pricing Chris A, I would'nt buy one for more than $1300 now ;-)

Is Range selling something ITAR compliant now Chris B?? I've not looked at their site for a couple of years. Clickity click I will now.

Comment by Mark Colwell on June 7, 2010 at 5:15am
Art-Tech is not OK, "rock bottom" in there own words, Please review a RVOSD instead, or MicroPilot.
Proposal to Art Tech, Please send an evaluation unit for $0 +shipping, when returned with in 60 - 90 days.

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on June 7, 2010 at 5:27am
Few of my friends have Art Tech helicopter and what a b...... Electronics is rather horrible and also every other part. With price they paid to LHS who is official distributor for AT you could get rather nice ThunderTiger or Align heli. So at least I will stay as far as possible their products, been seeing some and they all looked same :)

Comment by Morli on June 7, 2010 at 5:33am
Two things IMHO are not ok with RVOSD also.
It is still a IR stabilized system( optional)
It/ full functional system with waypointing is available to clients from US and Canada only. Doesn't serve much to global community like DiyDrones. May be that is why Chris.A is looking for artec like solution else where which serves this Global community without drawing distinction between west & east. Having said that I still don't like the fact that you have to pay 1270$ of your money for evaluation unit with no reliable history. And it/Art-tech will not be a DIY thing any way.
@Chris.A, Art-tech web site bottom left , there is mention of free sample or some thing like it. Check it out.
Comment by John Hansen on June 7, 2010 at 7:04am


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