I have several stuff i would like to explain! Let's enumerate them:

1.-The first batch of ArduPilot Mega's may be released this Wednesday 28.

2.- The lasted shield is ready (codename: Foxtrap) and has many advantages compared to the last board, including the Invensense gyros (cheaper and better against vibration), smaller board size, can be used on the top or in the bottom, build-in absolute pressure sensor (Bosch) and i removed the differential pressure sensor, but you can still add it as an optional expansion board.

The price still the same.... ;-)

Facts you already know about the shield:
-3.3V Regulator.
-Relay switch for cameras, lights or payloads.
-12-bit ADC.
-Build-in Data Logger (The Black Box).
-Piano DIP switch for servo reverse.
-Build-in FTDI, serial to USB.
-Dedicated Modem/OSD port.
-I2C Port for Magnetometer.
-Two buttons (one momentary, second slide).
-Expansion analogs ports and more.

You can give a look to the Eagle Files here:

Latest boards:

About the development names I use: Alpha1 never made it, Bravo1 is the one i sent to Julio (private release), Charlie1 luckily arrived late, Delta1 was canceled because i decided to remove the differential pressure sensor and add the absolute pressure sensor. Eco1 was also canceled because i switched the Gyros from ST to Invensense. Current released candidate is the Foxtrap1..

Check the new logo:

I will order the first batch this Monday, i hope they arrived fast to test and release!

I have many other stuff going on! I have to leave so you will see later.. ;-)

BTW, Thanks to Scott Plunkett for the Bosch absolute pressure sensor and Bill Premerlani for the Invensense gyros explanation!

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on April 24, 2010 at 8:23pm
Good work Jordi! Can't wait to get my hands on the ArduMega and the Shield!

Comment by Taylor Cox on April 24, 2010 at 8:44pm
You said the price is the same? The same price as what other hardware? The arduPilot? Does this combine the arduPilot, arduPilot shield, and arduIMU?
Comment by Jeff Taylor on April 24, 2010 at 9:06pm
This will be a really capable board!
Comment by Alex on April 24, 2010 at 11:45pm
Excellent work, Jordi!

Just wanna know whether this batch is the one listed in DIY-Drones Store? If yes, I will place order tomorrow. And I didn't see the shield board link, may I know in which column?

Comment by Taylor Cox on April 25, 2010 at 12:04am

The board is not even listed on the DIY drones store yet.
Comment by Andrew Burns on April 25, 2010 at 3:33am
So there's no differential pressure sensor, this means everything is calculated based on GPS ground speed? How then can the aircraft manage throttle to maintain constant airspeed? And if you don't manage airspeed your gains will always be off when you're flying into or away from the wind direction.
Comment by Daniel Gru on April 25, 2010 at 4:01am
Great news Jordi,
does that mean we will be seing the IMU-Shield in store soon too?

And how far is the software coming along, already flyable? Will it be an adaption of 2.6 of the arduPilot code?

Can't wait to get my hands on it, hope to be flying it till the summer :-)

Comment by Sujit on April 25, 2010 at 6:46am
Great work Jordi!!! Waiting to get my hands on them.

Comment by Randy on April 25, 2010 at 7:31am
I am soooo looking forward to getting one of these shields - I've already got the beta ArduPilotMega . Great to hear about the more vibration resistant gyros. I actually thought that only the ADXL were good with vibration - in any case, we will see!

If you're looking for people to help test the shield, I happily volunteer! PM me!
Comment by AVS on April 25, 2010 at 8:00am
Excellent, I'm looking forward to getting these boards. Just ordered an IMU Flat V2, don't think it will get much use now :)


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