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 Ron Jacobs on June 10, 2010 at 6:25am
Just thought I'd check. Not saying it isn't Pro quality. :)
Comment by Florian Schulz on June 10, 2010 at 8:00am
My ArduPilot Mega board arrived today, now I'm wating for the pre ordered ArduPilot Mega IMU shield ;-)

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on June 11, 2010 at 11:28am

Do you plan to make the ArduPilot Mega Manual available this weekend? I would like to solder the male headers onto the ArduPilot Mega and put the female headers on the Mega Shield, but the pictures on the homepage are not clear enough for me to be sure of their correct placement. Even a draft copy showing header placement would be acceptable.

Comment by Torin Segstro on June 12, 2010 at 1:55pm
I'm trying to figure out how the included headers are placed on the Ardumega and megaIMU. First, this MAY BE WRONG so don't do what I have done thinking it's correct. I only soldered one pin to hold it on the board so it is easy to remove. Is there anyone in the Ardumega circle that can tell me if this is correct?

Yes, I'm impatient.... It's so mean to deliver such an awesome product with no hardware manual! I'm itching to start tinkering with the IMU code!

Comment by Earl on June 12, 2010 at 5:51pm
How about some teaser code ??

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 12, 2010 at 6:04pm
Assembly manual will be done tonight.
Comment by Torin Segstro on June 12, 2010 at 8:37pm
The teaser code is already on Google code.

And some Arducopter (with IMU fun) here:

Not sure if it works or not as I haven't been able to put the two together yet (ardumega + megaIMU)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 12, 2010 at 8:41pm
Torin (and Earl and anyone else). Feel free to try that code, but please do not ask for help if it doesn't work. The reason we have not released code yet is that we haven't documented it and if we have to start answering questions it will bring our development to a screeching halt.

To be clear THIS IS NOT SUPPORTED CODE. Use at your own risk.
Comment by Torin Segstro on June 12, 2010 at 8:52pm
Understood. We know it is "teaser code" for those interested in poking around the code. My apologies if this wasn't supposed to be found yet.
Comment by Torin Segstro on June 12, 2010 at 8:57pm
On a related note: The good thing about Google is that I can easily find things I am looking for. The bad thing about Google is that other people can easily find things they are looking for ;)


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