It's available now from Sparkfun! $59.95.

And cool home page promo on the Sparkfun site here.

Here's a quick FAQ for people just now coming to the site, or hearing about ArduPilot Mega for the first time:

  • It is designed to work with an IMU "shield" (board that fits on top) that contains all the sensors. That board will be available by the end of May. The latest info on the shield is here.
  • You'll need two right-angle 3x8 connectors to attach your RC gear.
  • The ArduPilot Mega code will build on ArduPilot 2.6 and be available in about a month.

We recommend this board just for people who want to beta test or tinker. For regular users who want a plug-and-play (ish) experience, it's best to wait a few weeks for us to release the IMU shield, code and documentation. (The Sparkfun board will also be tweaked a bit, with mostly cosmetic changes to make some pin labeling clearer, in the next batch.)

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Comment by Jordi Muñoz on April 29, 2010 at 11:38pm
Bryce, I asked the same question time ago, Why Arduino Mega ($64.95) cost a lot more than the Original Arduino Board ($29.95)?

If you watch carefully ArduPilot costs $24.95, and ArduPilot Mega $59.95, do you see a relation?

Atmega1280 is more expensive and is very difficult to handle and test... They test every pin.... Also as bigger is the board, more shipping costs (weight) from China and the factory charges by area, every square inches is an extra $$! I see many, many reasons why is more expense...

But in general this board is really, really cheap... Not to mention the code...
Comment by jaron on April 30, 2010 at 1:43am
With the ArduPilot Mega (40 x 69 mm) you get an Arduino Mega (54 x 112 mm) + additional features + a smaller form factor. And you wouldn't believe it but it costs 5$ less!

Congrats to everybody who was involved into this project.
Comment by Javier Robaina on April 30, 2010 at 2:45am
Hi, this is my first participation on this website, but I have enough time reading, I've been waiting a long time to ardupilot mega project to start in a UAV, I would like to know how to stabilize the mega Ardupilot, if necessary or infrared sensors on the contrary, the IMU can be used as the standard Ardupilot and which would be the necessary components to complete the project, not if I'm wrong, I think you need is: MEGA Ardupilot, IMU, GPS, do not know if I'm wrong and lack a component, a greeting from the Canary Islands.

Excuse my English, but do not write in English and use a translator of google.
Comment by Ryan on April 30, 2010 at 3:15am
I can't believe that people thinks that this is expensive!

I mean $150-$200 for a full IMU Autopilot, and unlimited support - what more do you want?! LOL

I think the ArduMega will be a very good platform for many cool things to come.

Comment by Alex on April 30, 2010 at 6:11am
Great news that its finally released!!! but I read on sparkfun that it says code supports autoland and auto takeoff, is this something that is going to be added to the next code release? or is it just saying we have the option to write our own autoland code for the board since IMU shield has pressure sensor?
Comment by John Ihlein on April 30, 2010 at 8:40am
Just ordered 2 boards from Sparkfun. Is there a list of headers somewhere that need to be purchased for connecting to the upcoming IMU shield? I've got a pretty good idea of what is needed, just wanted to cross check before ordering.

Comment by Bryce Wilkinson on April 30, 2010 at 10:14am
Thanks everyone. @Ryan, I don't think It's expensive. I'm going to be ordering a ton for me and my friends. I was just curious why it cost's more.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2010 at 10:19am
@John. Post now updated with link to needed connectors.
Comment by John Ihlein on April 30, 2010 at 10:39am
Thanks Chris, got the RC connectors. I was more interested in the headers that will be used to connect to the IMU shield, if that's known at this time. Only want to solder once if I can. Thanks.

Comment by Morli on April 30, 2010 at 11:46pm
In addition , you may use following female headers ( assuming you will use male headers in the shield to come)
8 x 2 : 4 numbers
6 x 2 : 2 numbers
5 x 2 : 2 number ( buy 6 x2 and snip one pin )
2 x1 : 12 numbers
Adding one extra of each of the above is good idea.
Male -female servo extension cables : 12 or more
Use your imagination to choose the cable types and lengths


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