3D Robotics

3689404622?profile=originalWe're getting ready to launch the beta ArduCopter 2.0 (formerly known as ArduCopterMega, or ACM), and much has changed. First, it's our first real quadcopter UAV code, designed from the ground up for fully scripted autonomous missions as Jason's runs at Sparkfun demonstrated. It's also totally built on the APM code base, so sophisticated MAVLink mission planning and telemetry is built in and it inherits APM's mature navigation algorithms.


Replacing the LabVIEW configurator that we used in ArduCopter 1.x is a configuration utility built into Michael Oborne's fantastic APM Mission Planner. This both gives you command-line (CLI) access to the ArduCopter 2's interactive setup process, as well as a graphical display of all the sensors at work, so you can see at a glance that everything is working right. And because it's all MAVLink-based,  you can use it equally well on the bench via USB as at the field (or in the air) via Xbee. And it will work for any MAVLink-based UAV!


Unlike the old Configurator, you don't need to install LabVIEW to use this. Although the Mission Planner is Windows-only right now, you can use ArduCopter 2's built-in CLI to set up the board and software on any operating system, which will give you a text-based version of all the same data.  Our aim is to be totally cross platform, just like Arduino.


As with APM, the Mission Planner will also load the code, so there's no need for Arduino anymore (unless you want to tinker!). Our aim is to make ArduCopter the easiest quadcopter UAV setup on the market. We've still got a ways to go on that, but the progress so far has been very impressive. There are a lot of RC quads out there, which are increasingly easy to set up, but very few real UAV quads with autonomous mission planning. We'd like to make setting up a UAV no harder than setting up a RC aircraft. ArduCopter 2 is a big step in that direction.


As for the release of ArduCopter 2, we're very close. The dev team will review the last outstanding issues on Sunday, with the target of releasing the first beta next week, with documentation.




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  • Congrats!


    Question, tho.
    Will the DCM algorithm used in AC 2.0 still be the one geared towards planes (like it has been so far) or has it been revamped with 'copters in mind? 

  • Looks great, many thanks to the development team.  

    For Mac users - it seems to run under mono, just been playing with the planner in OS X 10.6 which works well (there's even a handy installer in the download)


  • ArduCopter2 when is the going to come out......thanks in advance
  • Congratulations on the (near) big release! The waypoints and realtime configurator are huge leaps forward for the projects and quad experimentation in general. I wish I was one of the lucky ones to have my hardware ready - been following ArduPilot and the ArduCopter project for a year or mare and finally made the plunge last week ... tax rebate went to Aurora 9, LiPos, Motors, OilPan/APM, and other needed quad stuff after learning a ton on here and other forums - thx!


    What timing that this update comes out now - when all my motors and ECMs are all on backorder! may just end up with APM on an old glow plane until the quad parts come in.

  • Thank you so much for the cross platform efforts! I bought a windows machine just for this project, and as soon as I can get mission planner going on my mac, the windows box will be crushed under my tractor and disposed of as hazardous waste!
  • 3D Robotics
    Grips: ArduCopter 2 has not been released yet. When it is we'll post the full feature list.
  • @John, yes i've looked at this as a kinda last ditch solution.


    I can find the components but from all the information I've been able to find so far people seem to have problems getting them to work with the ardiuno board hence asking here. probably better to make a new post :)
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    Paul, try this method if you're interested:
  • Cheers for the info Chris, I'll keep working with what we have and trawl through the code as I go.

    Just out of interest has anyone managed to get a hall effect sensor working with the IMU were using? if so can I have a link so I can add it to my sensor array. The other option I'm looking at is a optical solution either working option would be helpful.

    While its not a great use for planes and quads that ability to keep a consistent fixed rotor speed for a helicopter is very useful.

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    Where can I find the feature list of the Arducopter 2.0 again?
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