Convert any RC airplane into a fully-autonomous UAV!
Just add the APM 2 autopilot to any RC aircraft and it becomes a fully-programmable flying robot with a powerful ground station and Mission Planner.  


Features include:

  • Return to Launch with a flick of your RC toggle switch or a mouse click in the graphical Ground Station
  • Unlimited 3D GPS waypoints
  • Built-in camera control
  • Fully-scriptable missions
  • One-click software load, and easy point-and-click configuration in the powerful Mission Planner. NO programming required!
  • Replay recorded missions and analyze all the data with a graphing interface
  • Supports two-way telemetry with Xbee wireless modules. 
  • Point-and-click waypoint entry or real-time mission commands while the UAV is in the air
  • Fly with a joystick or gamepad via your PC--no need for RC control!
  • Built-in failsafe will bring your aircraft home in the case of radio loss


All instructions and software are here.




APM 2 is an open source, Arduino-compatible, pro-quality autopilot. It is the most advanced IMU-based open source autopilot available today, and provides an entire UAV control system with scriptable missions with 3D waypoints, in-flight uploading of commands and powerful ground station software. 


APM 2 supports any kind of of vehicle with a one-click change of code. Available code include ArduPlane (fixed wing), ArduCopter (rotary wing), ArduRover (ground vehicles) and more.


Everything you need to create an ArduPlane UAV:


APM 2.5 autopilot with GPS ($179)

[Optional] Telemetry kit ($75).


You'll also need a at least a five-channel RC radio setup, a soldering iron, a mini USB cable and of course something that flies! (We're partial to the SkyFun delta wing (right) and
Bixlee 2   powered glider (left) or its equivalents ourselves).






Source code/firmware

Note: ArduPilot Mega requires no programming, but it's open source and you're welcome to modify it if you'd like. If you are going to play with the code, you can use the free Arduino IDE to edit and upload the code to the ArduPilot board.



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Comment by Jason Kunc on June 2, 2010 at 4:24pm
ArduPilot Mega IMU shield (aka oil pan)
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on June 2, 2010 at 4:35pm
What happened to the flat GPS connector instead of the vertical one?
Comment by Taylor Cox on June 2, 2010 at 8:29pm
If you use hot glue I think that that would do the trick perfectly.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 2, 2010 at 8:35pm
Patrick, the current boards have a flat connector. The photo is out of date...
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on June 3, 2010 at 12:10pm
I guess it is also out of date on sparkfuns product page too. Good to hear though.
Comment by James F. on June 3, 2010 at 2:39pm
I don't suppose there is a way to buy these pre-soldered and ready to go?
Comment by Daniel Gru on June 4, 2010 at 5:11am
Great stuff Chris,
glad to see the page is up at last.
When will the manual be available?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 4, 2010 at 7:13am
@Daniel. The hardware manual will be up next weekend. The software manual will be out with the code, in about a month.
Comment by Wallace Edwards on June 5, 2010 at 1:35am
Does the "OilPan" work with the
MediaTek MT3329 GPS 10Hz ?
Comment by Hein on June 5, 2010 at 8:15am
Is the current development version of software for the Mega available anywhere ? Just ordered a board and "Oil Pan" and need to get up to speed with the code to prepare for arrival. From what I have seen I might need to code a library for my GPS as the only one currently "supported" is the uBlox that has been out of stock for a while.


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