Is 2:22AM (when i started writing this) and i can't sleep, so i decided to write this post.
I been working "hard" and the fastest i can to finish this thing, theres only one step remaining in order to start the "mass" production of this board.
This is how the last step will be done:
-A unique assembled board will be shipped from California to Spain.
-Then Jose Julio in Spain will open his "Surprise Board" and make us the great favor to all of us of checking the board integrity and the harmony of all the components on it (thanks in advance JJ).
-That includes checking some new components i can't mention right now.
-If Jose Julio says 'Si", then i will start the mass production.
By now SparkFun is straggling trying to supply all the components and test bed for APM. It will be released soon.
The board is kinda of big right now. This board will be called the "huge" version. When the code becomes very mature i will create a an smaller version of the APM and APM Oil Pan without the multiplexor on the APM and without the bulky FTDI chip on the APM Oil Pan, so i can save 30% of the size. This one will be called ArduPilotMega "In my way" version. ;-)
Oil pan stands for the old shield name. The difference is that the shield goes into the bottom of the ArduPilotMega board.