ArduCopter Development & Production news--Pre-orders now starting!


Late happenings at ArduCopter "Factories"...


Another milestone on releases, few weeks ago we had our first official Alpha software release and now saga continues..


It's been long and fast ride in past 6 months. It all started as a dream to create nice expansion for original ArduPilot electronics. Then Jordi and others created new even better and more compact electronics for IMU use, after that people started to create more and more their of flying devices. So finally we decided to take it to next level. Level of ArduCopter and it's full line of electronics, frames and other R/C equipment.


We on development group owe a bit thanks to the whole DIY Drones community and people who are playing key roles on it. Now we already have nice and rather well working ArduCopter software written for the latest hardware and well working fixedwing software so things are looking good on our users perspective. Sure there are still many things to develop, and new development happens every single day, maybe some of our users won't always see it but there are a lot of things done behind the scenes.


In totally on ArduCopter project it self we have around 20 people working with it, some as occasional commiters, some of us are more or less working as full time and some even all day around 7 days per week... Why, well we just like it a lot and we want to provide these good experiences to our users.


I should not need to tell that what we are trying to do here but let's say it anyways. Thing what we try to accomplish with ArduCopter and ArduPilots projects in generally is to create low cost and easy to use UAV platforms that can be extended easily to higher levels. We try to keep designs as simple as possible so people even with low mechanical skills would be comfortable to build them and enjoy of flying.


Naturally our platforms is not for everyone but at least we try to make it suitable for as many as possible. And you can be part of that process. So if you have any ideas just let us know. We are constantly looking new ideas and ways to do things.



ArduCopter KITs

Long waited time has come. We have been using hundreds of people to find all suitable parts and part providers for us, thousands of emails has been sent back and forth and now finally ArduCopter v1.0 release is at hand.

Also long waited prices for KIT's are here too. Our original goal was to create a multirotor platform with less than $1,000.00 USD, and yes Sir, we did it. Actually we did it way under of our first price goals. So here they finally are:

ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Full KIT price will be $499 USD
- ArduPilot Mega
- ArduPilot Mega IMU / OilPan
- MediaTek GPS
- Needed connectors for GPS and APM
- Motors (850kv), ESCs (20Amp), 10x45 Propellers
- Full Frame kit

You only need to add Radio/Receiver and battery to make it complete.

ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Frame KIT, $290 USD
- Full Frame kit
- Motors (850Kv), ESCs (20Amp), 10x45 Propellers

ArduCopter Quad v1.0 Frame itself $160 USD
- Just all frame parts

All frame KIT's have Fixed delivery price of $55 USD and it works most of countries. But due some countries can have high delivery costs, we will cover extras costs as long as they stay under 25%, if it goes more than that we might need to charge small extra for delivery. We are constantly looking better and more economic methods for deliveries.

Hexa and other frames will be available later after basic production is running properly on Quad frames. There also is going to be full range of extra accessories and spareparts for all frames.

Frame itself contains parts like in earlier Beta frame had plus some extras and upgraded parts based on our beta tester comments and proposals. Main changes are in Arches, Power PCB, MotorMount, New choices for arms, landing gear fins, spareparts and also some extra connectors are included on this new frame kit.

Originally we planned to have pre-orders and Asian/European orders under PhiFUN but due legal issues and taxation, we moved it to more official company to ensure that everything is done legally. So we are using Fah Pah Electronics new site that I have been building last week for all our deliveries. All PhiFUN operations has been moved under Fah Pah. (My working table is still on same place and full of tiny AC parts as always hahah).

After normal deliveries has started, ArduCopter KIT's and parts can be found from following shops: (for US only) (rest of the world)

There will be few local distributors, their names/locations will be announced later (edited to here)

Estimate to start deliveries is now on 1st week of November. Depending on how our Motor and ESC shipment is arriving from factory. We are keeping parts arrival records on our Wiki so check it out.


Now let's fill the world with ArduHappines :)

Jani / The headless ArduCopter man on Youtube ;)

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Comment by brakar on October 20, 2010 at 6:00am
Nice one!

I didn't however find any key parameters / technical datas for the frames and system on the fahpah website. (Dimensions, weight, lifting capacity, possible flight time, etc).

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on October 20, 2010 at 6:41am
@Simone, yes magneto is not included because it is not necessary needed for operations. After full navigation is working from groundstations etc, magneto would be good addon. Crash KIT will contain arm, screws/nuts, motor mount etc small useful items. And contrary to many other KIT's we are included small spareparts back with KIT too. It will be bigger bag than in Beta frame we had.

@brakar, you should find those from our wiki pages, we will add some basic info to store pages but because this is DIY based project, we try to keep all relative and official information in ArduCopter Wiki

@Dimitar, I will look your order and get back to you

@lke, many of the parts are still missing latest pictures so they are hidden. Rev.C power-pcb is one of those. There are a lot of parts incoming so their new packings are not done yet, packing will follow earlier beta frame packings
Comment by Ron Jacobs on October 20, 2010 at 7:35am

I am in Canada. Does that fall under US ordering or is it considered part of the "rest of the world"?
Comment by Robert Beatty on October 20, 2010 at 7:48am
Well done, Jani and team! I have my first Arducopter built and flying, but I just ordered the kit and looking forward to building it also, and/or using the parts, increasing my knowledge, etc. I like everything I see so far on the Fah Pah site. Keep up the great work. You reached a major milestone today! :)
Comment by Paul Dowling on October 20, 2010 at 7:48am
I was about to order, but I would like confirmation, is the magnetometer included or not. Is this truly a " complete " kit?
thanks in advance, looking forward to trying one out.
PS: I already have frames motors and esc's can I order only the complete electronics kit with no frame hardware?

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on October 20, 2010 at 7:50am
@Ron, It falls under rest of the world.. Sure you can get KITs from DIY US later but you always need to make separate order to SparkFUN for APM Boards. This is because of export rules on USA. There are similar export rules on many western countries that prohibits to export complete autopilots. And because Fah Pah's location, Fah Pah is not restricted at all on this.

In Japan they have really strict rules on this and few years ago two high level executives from Yamaha went already to jail due they sold few helicopters with autopilots and camera systems to another country.. And I think we all can agree that we do not want to see either Jordi or Chris behind bars ;)
Comment by Michael on October 20, 2010 at 7:57am
Perhaps this is a silly question. Would this be good for someone fairly new to RC but interested in getting into quads? Also, could this be used for fpv? Is it powerful enough to carry a HD camera?
Either way, it's on my Xmas list.
Comment by majorpr13 on October 20, 2010 at 8:00am
What if I just want the power distribution PCB...?
Comment by Simone Chiaretta on October 20, 2010 at 8:09am
@Jani: will buy the crash kit + 2 sets of propellers as well. Let me know in case the shipping cost differs. At the moment it says 60$ for the full kit + the other things
Order number is 44 btw :)
Comment by Ron Jacobs on October 20, 2010 at 8:20am

Thanks for the clarification. I always forget about those regulation thingies. Great work on the site and getting things moving.

Not silly at all. I was wondering the same thing. I live on the Canadian prairies. Right smack in the flattest most wide open place I can think of, but I live in one of the largest cities and we have green spaces that are great, but not big enough for flying fixed wing, really and I don't get alot of time to run away to a flying field.

I can get a complete Arducoper kit for a bit more than what it would cost me to put together an easy star, including the AP and IMU. So I am wondering if the Arducopter would be a good first airframe or not?



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