3D Robotics

ArduCopter unboxing!!!

It's here! The first beta of the retail ArduCopter frame arrived today, and it's GORGEOUS. Jani has totally outdone himself. Above is the box, which is surprisingly small--just 13" x 4.5". Nice label, tells you what's inside. (This box is just the frame. If you'd ordered the other bits, such as the APM autopilot, GPS, motors, ESCs and props, they would have come in smaller boxes, and they'd all be packed up in one bigger box.)

Everything fits in really neatly.

Here all the parts are laid out. Each subsystem is in its own sealed bag, labeled and numbered.

An example of one bag: the power distribution PCB. Front...

...and back.

An example of the CNC'd parts. Love the little touches, like the name etched in the dome components.

Parts list

Introductory instructions. Full instructions are online.


Next steps: the beta testers are going to build and fly the quads with the latest software. Based on that feedback, we'll finish the documentation and decide on a release candidate of the code, and burn that into the boards. Jani will stock up on a LOT of the component parts, including motors, ESCs and props, and we'll announce a release date and prices for all of the versions, from just the frame to a complete ArduCopter UAV kit with everything included.

Totally thrilling. This project has been a long time in development, starting with the original ArduPilot board, and it's really gratifying to see it hit commercial maturity like this. Jani, you're a star!

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  • Admin
    Yep , feels like I missed the beta boat. Jani Note> sticker #5 "Langing Gear" ?! :))
  • Mmmm. Soldering Pasta :-)

  • The price as per (http://www.phifun.com/eshop/arducopter-frame-beta-release.html) is €100.00 !!
  • Developer
    Let me copy myself here:

    Every drop of salty sweat is always reflected in the details. And you, my friend, shown us the ocean here.
    I'm totally sure that each one of us at the team is a lot proud on make part of this project and a lot happy to the pleasure of being at your side as chap.

    You're the best!
  • Looking perfect!
    Congratulations for this greate job.
  • it will be 350$ finally the full kit ? i wish yes,
  • There is another thing you should add when talking about MikroKopter, you have no commercial use fee either. MK charges 1000 euro license if you want to use their product for commercial work.

    That frame looks very nice and there is a lot of work that has gone in to it for sure, fold-able frames like that in the $150 to $200 price bracket normally so this is a real interesting development.
  • When there will be backorder available :-) Great work, looking forward to see more pictures and movies from it
  • Moderator
    Top banana well done the team.
  • Developer
    Finally someone answers the huge demand from the market!
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