ArduCopter Development & Production news--Pre-orders now starting!

 

Late happenings at ArduCopter "Factories"...

 

Another milestone on releases, few weeks ago we had our first official Alpha software release and now saga continues..

 

It's been long and fast ride in past 6 months. It all started as a dream to create nice expansion for original ArduPilot electronics. Then Jordi and others created new even better and more compact electronics for IMU use, after that people started to create more and more their of flying devices. So finally we decided to take it to next level. Level of ArduCopter and it's full line of electronics, frames and other R/C equipment.

 

We on development group owe a bit thanks to the whole DIY Drones community and people who are playing key roles on it. Now we already have nice and rather well working ArduCopter software written for the latest hardware and well working fixedwing software so things are looking good on our users perspective. Sure there are still many things to develop, and new development happens every single day, maybe some of our users won't always see it but there are a lot of things done behind the scenes.

 

In totally on ArduCopter project it self we have around 20 people working with it, some as occasional commiters, some of us are more or less working as full time and some even all day around 7 days per week... Why, well we just like it a lot and we want to provide these good experiences to our users.

 

I should not need to tell that what we are trying to do here but let's say it anyways. Thing what we try to accomplish with ArduCopter and ArduPilots projects in generally is to create low cost and easy to use UAV platforms that can be extended easily to higher levels. We try to keep designs as simple as possible so people even with low mechanical skills would be comfortable to build them and enjoy of flying.

 

Naturally our platforms is not for everyone but at least we try to make it suitable for as many as possible. And you can be part of that process. So if you have any ideas just let us know. We are constantly looking new ideas and ways to do things.

 

 

ArduCopter KITs

Long waited time has come. We have been using hundreds of people to find all suitable parts and part providers for us, thousands of emails has been sent back and forth and now finally ArduCopter v1.0 release is at hand.

Also long waited prices for KIT's are here too. Our original goal was to create a multirotor platform with less than $1,000.00 USD, and yes Sir, we did it. Actually we did it way under of our first price goals. So here they finally are:

ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Full KIT price will be $499 USD
- ArduPilot Mega
- ArduPilot Mega IMU / OilPan
- MediaTek GPS
- Needed connectors for GPS and APM
- Motors (850kv), ESCs (20Amp), 10x45 Propellers
- Full Frame kit

You only need to add Radio/Receiver and battery to make it complete.


ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Frame KIT, $290 USD
- Full Frame kit
- Motors (850Kv), ESCs (20Amp), 10x45 Propellers

ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Frame itself $160 USD
- Just all frame parts

All frame KIT's have Fixed delivery price of $55 USD and it works most of countries. But due some countries can have high delivery costs, we will cover extras costs as long as they stay under 25%, if it goes more than that we might need to charge small extra for delivery. We are constantly looking better and more economic methods for deliveries.

Hexa and other frames will be available later after basic production is running properly on Quad frames. There also is going to be full range of extra accessories and spareparts for all frames.

Frame itself contains parts like in earlier Beta frame had plus some extras and upgraded parts based on our beta tester comments and proposals. Main changes are in Arches, Power PCB, MotorMount, New choices for arms, landing gear fins, spareparts and also some extra connectors are included on this new frame kit.


Originally we planned to have pre-orders and Asian/European orders under PhiFUN but due legal issues and taxation, we moved it to more official company to ensure that everything is done legally. So we are using Fah Pah Electronics new site that I have been building last week for all our deliveries. All PhiFUN operations has been moved under Fah Pah. (My working table is still on same place and full of tiny AC parts as always hahah).


After normal deliveries has started, ArduCopter KIT's and parts can be found from following shops:

http://store.diydrones.com (for US only)
http://store.jdrones.com (rest of the world)


There will be few local distributors, their names/locations will be announced later (edited to here)

Estimate to start deliveries is now on 1st week of November. Depending on how our Motor and ESC shipment is arriving from factory. We are keeping parts arrival records on our Wiki so check it out.

 

Now let's fill the world with ArduHappines :)


Cheers,
Jani / The headless ArduCopter man on Youtube ;)

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Comment by Taylor Cox on October 20, 2010 at 11:16am
Will you be able to ship all the pre-orders basically at once? Or will you ship them in batches of a certain number?
Comment by Ryan Fraser on October 20, 2010 at 11:29am
Hello All, I would be very interested in distributing your product line in Canada.
Who do I contact regarding distribution?

Developer
Comment by Jani Hirvinen on October 20, 2010 at 12:04pm
@Taylor, if total shipments are 10 yes sure, if 50 maybe in two days, if 1000 ummm Houston we have a problem, we need a bigger lift ;)

It really depends on total amount of packets going out at once so difficult to say. Basically we could even ship +200 packet per day due post office is opposite side of our main road. In real life will it be that high, i really don't know yet. It also depends on packing and everything. After motors/esc's arrives, it will take few days untill they all are packet to their boxes and then we can stat shipping.

@Ryan, me and Chris are really good targets for that, my contact you can find easily by clicking my name in here and contact for Chris you can find on bottom of this page.
Comment by Ramon L on October 20, 2010 at 12:21pm
ESC's included on the kit are PWM or I2C ?

Developer
Comment by Jani Hirvinen on October 20, 2010 at 12:28pm
PWM, 20 Amp with 5V/2A Linear BEC, Programmable and can handle 4S.

We are working to create I2C/SPI/UART capable ESCs but no ETA at all for those. It's a long and separate project.
Comment by Simone Chiaretta on October 20, 2010 at 1:43pm
@Jani: as for the PayPal issue. I used paypal a few months ago as well, and many people complained they were not able to pay without opening an account, even if they just wanted to pay with credit card.
I guess it's either a new policy, or it is really complicate for the seller to configure the payment to work also with non account holder.
If you ever find out how to do it, please let me know how you did it :)
Thx
Simone
Comment by Sebastian Gralla on October 20, 2010 at 3:22pm
There are EPP 1045 Style props in the shop one set (one pusher+one puller) are 6$
original EPP 1045 are about 4$

so what is the benefit from buying these "copies"?
Comment by AC on October 20, 2010 at 3:56pm
Whats up the magnetometer?In the full kit it says-You only need to add Radio/Receiver and battery to make it complete.Will it fly or not?
Comment by Taylor Cox on October 20, 2010 at 3:58pm
@AC...try reading the this forum,,take a few minutes....magnetometer is not currently used in the code and is not necessary yet...so it will be in the kit later when it is actually used for something
Comment by Sebastian Gralla on October 20, 2010 at 4:15pm
complete means: everything you need to fly
you don't need magneto, you don't need xbee, you don't need gps, you don't need a camera
when you go to the computer store and buy a "complete" computer, there is no physix card, no third graphics card, no gold plated case, etc

complete means everything you need!

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