Is it something new or I missed the announcement?

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Comment by Joshua Ott on June 9, 2013 at 10:34pm
There will be an official announcement soon. We are going to be including a protective case for the GPS module, but it's not quite ready for delivery yet. Once that GPS case is in stock we will start shipping these new units.
The external compass(mag) helps reduce the chance of EM interference effecting your readings. APM 2.6 has no mag on it, in order to utilize this new external one.
Comment by Euan Ramsay on June 10, 2013 at 12:42am
Any other improvements over 2.5? 6S compatible power module maybe?
Comment by Magnus Pettersson on June 10, 2013 at 12:44am

If I cut the trace on apm2.5+ that I just bought but have not yet received, will I be able to use this new GPS?

Comment by Dany Thivierge on June 10, 2013 at 1:33am

Will be in stock at CanadaDrones pretty soon... 

Will still support 2.5 and previous version but will start shipping this one as soon as we get it. 

(order placed last week... not sure if I need to wait for GPS cases!) 


Comment by Felix Meissner on June 10, 2013 at 5:25am

the only change between APM 2.5 and 2.6 is the lack of an internal compass sensor?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2013 at 6:10am

Felix: That's correct. (Although 2.6 also rolls up all the small production and component improvements there have been throughout the 2.5 production history, including the higher-capacity fuse and overall reliability)

Comment by Manuel Ramos on June 10, 2013 at 8:37am


When do you think it is going to be available?  I am working on a new copter and would rather use an old APM and wait to order the 2.6 instead of getting one more 2.5

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2013 at 9:14am

Manuel: Probably by the end of the week. 

Comment by Matthew Crocker on June 10, 2013 at 9:21am

My APM 2.0 appears to have lost its USB serial connection.   It flies fine but I can't connect with Mission Planner.

Would you recommend I replace it with an APM 2.6 or PX4 FMU+IO?

Comment by Ruwan on June 10, 2013 at 12:42pm

@Mathew just curious, couldn't you use the XBee or 3DR radio to connect to Mission Planner?


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