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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
    Jonathan, I'm not sure I understand the question. What "codes" do you mean? Have you read the manual?
  • oooo okok. because I want ask you send me via email for the codes for both the boards above. able to do a file zip for me? cause I'm need to this things actually. sorry
  • 3D Robotics
    @Jonathan. I prefer not to do support by email. Better to do everything in public here so others can learn alongside.
  • 3D Robotics

    There was probably an error message that said that some of the connectors were out of stock? If so, they should be back in within a week.
  • The IMU shield cannot be added to my cart in the DIY store, even though the product page says there are 3 available. Is there a trick to getting one of these?
  • thanks Chris. able to get your email? I have various questions to asked you for my project coming up.
  • I'd like to suggest adding
    Four (six?) female-to-female servo cables to connect ArduPilot to your RC system
    to the list of What you need to make a fully functional autopilot" (for Mega)
  • Hi All,

    New to this group, but I did a bunch of work with the older Q4 with a PIC.

    Anyway, my new project is going to be a larger gasser platform, and I was wondering if there was enough processor time, and an open IO to add a governor for the throttle on the engine. (to lock it into one RPM as the load changes)
  • 3D Robotics
    Jonathan. We're flying it now. Just checking a few more things before we release a beta, probably by the end of this week.
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