I just had to a share a bit of pride that I got checking out the latest release (1.1.11) of the Mission Planner. Look at all those vehicles APM now supports!!! To say nothing of all the hardware-in-the-loop simulations at the bottom left of that screen. And ArduRoverArduBoat, and coming soon, ArduBlimp (successor to Blimpduino) and ArduTank (!).

I think we just need to add ArduSub and ArduRocket and we've got the entire world of vehicles covered. Not bad for $200 ;-)

This why we call APM the Universal Autopilot. As far as I know, this sort of one-autopilot-does-everything has never been accomplished before. So proud of the dev teams!

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Comment by Anish on December 20, 2011 at 5:24pm
I am planning to have a ardu rover out of Baja with castle creation mamba xl conversion kit, might post it if I manage to get hold of APM in due time :)
Comment by John C. on December 20, 2011 at 5:50pm

My kids have a couple of 1/10th scale trucks/buggys coming for xmas.  I'm sure one of them is going to wind up with some extra intelligence.

Comment by Jeffrey Torella on December 20, 2011 at 5:54pm

John C Excellent idea i think ill join you in that venture



Comment by Bernard Michaud on December 20, 2011 at 6:08pm

The DYI adventure is definitaly more and more exciting.


Comment by Gage Halverson on December 20, 2011 at 6:10pm

I think there should be a rc car the has an apm,but the rims on the car double as turbines the wheels can move up and create downward force. So you could go off a jump and transform into a quadcopter thing

It could be call arduformer

Comment by Bill Porter on December 20, 2011 at 6:50pm

ArduSub is a loooong way off. No GPS underwater, and no inexpensive odometer solutions. Mems gyros are getting close, but still not as good as laser ring gyros. 

Though if there are breakthroughs in sensor tech, I'd love to help the dev teams. I work for the Navy with robo-subs and other vehicles. 

Comment by Dez Socks on December 20, 2011 at 7:36pm

As the plan was intended this just keeps getting better and better.

Comment by Dennis on December 20, 2011 at 8:16pm

I'm curious, is it possible to build a Avatar-like helicopter with 2 (movable?) rotors and use APM for it?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 8:23pm

Dennis: Of course! (But you'll have to do a bit of coding.)

Comment by Garry Qualls on December 20, 2011 at 9:02pm

Anish, that Baja electric conversion kit looks pretty awesome!  I had no idea those existed.  One more thing to add to my wish list, I guess. I have been telling people that I think I could add an APM to a 3L water rocket and make it "hover" if my idea for a makerbot-printed throttle and thrust vector system actually works (it's a long shot).  For a waterless option, I've also been talking about making a "pseudo-rocket" that uses ducted fans as fake strap-on booster rockets - so it would sort of be a really tall, skinny, quadcopter with all of the rotors spinning the same direction.  That way I could have it ascend with a thrust-to-weight ratio that matches full-size rockets.  Maybe the ArduSub could have a GPS on top of its periscope?


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