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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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  • 3D Robotics

    Frederico, the links in the post above all work for me. There may be some old links in the comments section from users; please ignore them (we can't control user links)

  • Comment by Ife O Ogunleye on October 8, 2012 at 5:45pm

    When i click on the "Telemetry kit" link, I get the follow error message.


    You do not have access to this page. Please contact customer service for further details on accessing this password protected section."

    Comment by Chris Anderson on October 8, 2012 at 5:53pm

    Ife: Good catch. Fixed!

    This is seen on pag. 70, but it continues happen to me.


  • hello

    i have a 2.4GHz optic 5 tx and i am wondering if i can use the engine cut switch to trigger the autopilot. it is a pushbutton switch.



  • Hey all!

    Does anyone have a param file for a Twinstar 2 airframe or have any pointers for PID adjustment, its not in the air yet with the new APM 2.5.



  • Is it possible to alter the channel assignments for the APM 2.5 output.

    I am using PPM sum from a DragonLink and the channel assignment is JR versus the Futaba style the APM uses.

    I could bypass the PPM sum and directly connect them but I was hoping for less wires. :-)

  • 3D Robotics

    Ife: Good catch. Fixed!

  • When i click on the "Telemetry kit" link, I get the follow error message.


    You do not have access to this page. Please contact customer service for further details on accessing this password protected section."
  • joe 4 channels plane ail. rud. thr. elv. 1 channel flight modes hope that helps

  • Why the need of a 5 channel controller?

  • Is there a document that explains the ARDUPLANE source code. If you have any, I would appreciate it. Thank you !

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