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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!3689354440?profile=original (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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  • hi, i have an apm1 can t it work with arduplane?

  • 3D Robotics

    Glad it's working. Happy to help if you have other questions. 

  • Hi Chris;
    First I want to thank you for your very quick response. I did have an issue with my Windows XP, after resolving that issue I was able to connect and now I am off to trying to program my APM. WOW is all I can say at this moment… Never got into C programming just Fortran and Assembler. My learning curve will be mostly vertical as I dive into this wondrous little box. Thanks again for pointing me into the correct direction and thanks or your great input into this project…Thanks once again...

    Jim Powell EdD

  • I have a quick question. Will the Eagle Tree OSD work with Arduplane 2.5? I have this left over from other flights on FPV and would like to use what I already know. Thanks...WU5C

  • 3D Robotics

    Austin: Yes. Details in the manual.

  • Does it support 2 sevros on ailerons? Hope so lol. Some one please let me know. Thanks Austin.
  • I correct myself, it reads "a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types".

  • Interesting claim on the front page that it "is suitable for all planes". I guess it is of you modify the code and hardware enough.
  • Tks Chris, link is okey now.

  • Any chance of making a power neat regulator (like the one in the pic) that will do for 7s LiPo. I am using a UBEC at the mo, but like this solution better and I'm too lazy to do it myself ;-)

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