Made in China!

Don't know what to say.

Ardupilot mega IMU: 520 rmb = 80 USD

Ardupilot mega 240.00 rmb = 36 USD

I found Ardupilot Mega + IMU board on (taobao)

I have no idea about quality, sensor or anything else.


Any comments?



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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 19, 2011 at 12:45am

Matthias, that's a great idea. I would suggest waiting until AC2 comes out of beta before translating (the manual is changing a lot right now). APM 2 is already out of beta, so that's a safer place to start.


The best place to do the translations would be on the same Google Code wiki. I can give you write acces if you'd like.

Comment by Matthias Badaire on May 19, 2011 at 1:02am

I was definitely thinking APM 2 as I don't do quads yet, If you give me the right I can start today.

However should we duplicate all the pages with suffix _LG for instance or is there a feature in google code to do this in a more scalable way ?

Comment by hazy on May 19, 2011 at 1:27am
The Google code support Localization, read this article please:
Comment by Kirill on May 19, 2011 at 2:08am
Matthias and Chris, in addition to your ideas I would like to offer my help too. I can contribute to do the translations into Russian.

Comment by Mark Colwell on May 19, 2011 at 4:01am
DIY Drones has made the big time with a Chinese (clone) distributor. Were will this be next year? I hope to see a new APM 1260 with IMU, GPS & OSD for $100 USD sent to USA from DealExtream !
Comment by Jonathan Lussier on May 19, 2011 at 5:51am

I'd be interested in seeing how this board performs.  Chinese replicas often include sub-standard components (chips), including chips are are rebranded (white lettering on them) as authentic but are sometimes not even functional.

And, as Chris says, they're not licensed to use the Ardupilot name... (though I doubt you'll win a trademark case in China).

One large benefit is that the 'operational freedom' of UAS in China is much easier to deal with, no FAA to shut you down.  In fact if you are caught with a self-made drone there you are more likely to get drafted into the military building these than get a fine or get arrested....

Comment by hazy on May 19, 2011 at 8:30am
I believe even in US a man can get trouble if he is caught flying a drone upon a military base. The real problem in China is that there are too many people in everywhere and it's not easy to find a open space for flying.
Comment by Wayne Dancer on May 19, 2011 at 9:03am
Hey, you and Lady Ada have something in common.  She had a breadboard shield she designed show up on DealExtreme with no credit going to her (all she asks).  I just wonder if this falls under ITARS.  That is the one downside of open-source on projects like this.
Comment by Norbert Machinek on May 19, 2011 at 3:41pm

That's the way it goes...

The MK was cloned long ago - illegally of course since it isn't open source. Sold for a third of the regular price and then imported to the US. 
This surely harmed the margin as it will do in the case of DIYDrones.

I'm pretty sure the cloners had the files for months and just pushed the button when the AC2 code went public...


Comment by Patrick Egan on May 19, 2011 at 4:55pm
Wow... that's a weird turn of events? We may very well see a $100 or even $50 Chinese UAV.


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