Slashdot linked to this article on a Bixler in Sumatra that appears to be equipped with an Ardupilot, based on the mission planner in use on their laptop.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2012 at 6:45pm

Excellent use of a civilian drone. That is indeed APM.

Comment by Nick Scott on February 23, 2012 at 7:49pm
Awesome, wonder why they use the stock remote still.
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 23, 2012 at 8:09pm

Wish they'd give credit where it's due.  "ecologists and software developers"  Why not say "ecologists and the Ardupilot developers".

Comment by David on February 23, 2012 at 8:32pm

What it the proper protocol for using the open source hardware and software, such as APM in commercial products? 

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on February 23, 2012 at 9:33pm

That is really cool! They are also using the Bixler Electronics Chassis!

Comment by lianpinkoh on February 23, 2012 at 10:18pm

@Robert Lefebvre: you are absolutely right. I apologize for the oversight. Was simply too excited about the videos and photos we got from this field test last week. I have now clearly acknowledged this community in the youtube description, "...Autopilot system is based on ArdupilotMega developed by an open-source community at"

I only started learning about the APM a couple of months ago. Hope to be able to tap into some of your expertise!

I'm now trying to increase the range and payload by using the FPV raptor 2000mm. This model seems to be the best tradeoff between load and portability, which is important in the forest.

Comment by Mark Harrison on February 24, 2012 at 12:06am

lianpinkoh, nicely done, congratulations!!

Comment by lianpinkoh on February 24, 2012 at 12:08am

@Nick Scott: We want to keep the cost as low as possible, since this drone is meant for local NGOs in developing countries to do their good conservation work. And I don't think there is any 6ch radio cheaper than HK's!

Comment by lianpinkoh on February 24, 2012 at 12:11am

@David: This is not a commercial project. It is an initiative to help local conservation workers in the developing tropics do their work more cost effectively. I will try to put up all information for adapting the APM system for conservation purposes somewhere on the web, perhaps even on DIYdrones, so that these workers in developing countries can make their own drones.

Comment by lianpinkoh on February 24, 2012 at 12:12am

@Alan Sanchez: Yes, it is a great chassis!


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