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 Chris Anderson on June 5, 2010 at 9:10am
The code will be available by the beginning of July. We're not sharing it until then because the tech support for such unfinished code would, er, finish us!
Comment by Hein on June 5, 2010 at 9:29am
Chris, thx for the quick reply, can understand your concern.
Comment by Wallace Edwards on June 5, 2010 at 10:09pm
Does the "OilPan" work with the
MediaTek MT3329 GPS 10Hz ?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2010 at 10:55pm
Wallace: ArduPilot Mega is the combination of the main board and the "OilPan" shield--the shield doesn't do anything by itself. We will support the MediaTek module eventually, but don't do so yet. Maybe in a month or two.
Comment by Wallace Edwards on June 5, 2010 at 11:01pm
Thanks for the Info on the 'OilPan" I will be waiting for the MediaTek support.
I have the Mega board on onder from Sparkfun and the "OilPan" shield on order from DIYDrones..

Comment by Sandro Benigno on June 5, 2010 at 11:46pm
@Chris: Until now, I was waiting the inclusion of the ArduPilot Mega here, on DiyDrones store... I would to buy and import everything at once. So, if I understand, the ArduPilot Mega will be available only at SparkFun?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2010 at 11:48pm
Sandro. At the moment, we do not sell the main board directly for regulatory reasons. That may change in the future but for now you have to order from two places.

Comment by Sandro Benigno on June 6, 2010 at 12:07am
OK, no problem! Thank you for the reply.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on June 10, 2010 at 5:52am
@Chris They mention ArduPilot Pro Mega on the ArduCopter discussion. Is that a variant coming out for the Arducopter?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2010 at 6:20am
No, I think someone mistyped. ArduCopter uses the standard ArduPilot Mega hardware.


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