ArdupilotMega Shield/Oilpan available for preorder

For those who don't want to be waiting for it, here's your your best option: Order it and be one of the firsts to receive it (As always FIFO service).

Go for it here:

It will be released during the next week (Sorry for the long delay!).

BTW the pictures is just for display purposes, the final color you will receive is blue and has the latest improvements. ;-)

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Comment by Jordi Muñoz on May 30, 2010 at 11:15am
Rana, no jumper wires in the final board... ;-) The picture is just a reference...

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on May 30, 2010 at 11:21am
Morli I switched the differential for an absolute pressure sensor... Because airspeed sensor is not used in quads and other aircraft's... Absolute is always used.... I don't mind repeating this. ;-)

So you say you don't see more specs compared to the first shield? You have full IMU build-in (no infrared sensors required), you have build in FTDI, you have build in relay to trigger stuff, you also have build in data logger and many other stuff... As I said you save money at the end compared with the first autopilot.
Comment by Mike Bakula on May 30, 2010 at 1:15pm
Looks great Jordi! I can't wait to try it out.
Comment by jaron on May 30, 2010 at 3:12pm
Could be that I missed something but is it correct that if I don't hurry with preordering the board I'll have to pay $200? When I bought the (still unpackaged) Ardupilot Mega one month ago I thought the estimated price for the shield would be somewhere in the $140 range. What's the ($60 price) difference between the original design and the current release?

Comment by Randy on May 30, 2010 at 3:59pm
Fantastic work! congratulations! I wonder how many preorders you'll get even get before the first batch (of 90?) out the door. It just gives a idea to the size of the active community.
Comment by Dave Whittington on May 30, 2010 at 4:16pm
Could you give us an early idea of what we need to purchase as far as headers and other small stuff. I already ordered and received two 8 pin right angle headers and two 36 pin straight headers. Does the oilpan/shield come with any connectors? Is there a difference to how you solder the connectors for oilpan vs shield (I would think so)?
I have my ArduMega already so I will be ready to test soon - do you have some test software available yet to verify that the two boards are working correctly after assembly? I realize that the autopilot software will take some time and I don't want to pressure you on that but it would be nice to know that the hardware is healthy after assembly.
You guys have done a tremendous job for us enthusiasts - thank you much!
Dave W.

Comment by Morli on May 30, 2010 at 5:06pm
Sorry Jordi, I am missing some thing here. I am also on move ,so must have missed the discussion on variations/spec changes and shield options. I don't have the first one, I am out of this loop of price comparison. I was under assumption that when original Oilpan design specs were drawn and board layouts were shown around , I assumed all those components are incorporated as default and not as add ons/shields. Thanks for I want to know what does preorder and post order has in store for us in future. In other words , can you pls high light( your time permitting ofcourse) as to what components has now become optional/ add-on shields.
BTW I still love Oikpan as it is now but disappointed if I need to add few more shields if required to complete the full package with all the bells and whistles( I could be wrong since I missed few discussions, so pls correct me). thanks once again for nice product and hard work you are putting into it.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2010 at 5:36pm
@Jaron: No. $149 is the price and it will remain there. There is no preorder discount. $200 is just a "retail price" for third-party resellers.

@Morli: The only major changes from the earlier boards to the current one were an upgrade to better gyros and the switch from a differential sensor (airspeed) to a high quality absolute sensor (altitude), which we felt was more important (including for autonomous takeoff and landing). Jordi also added some onboard voltage regulators and other nice touches. What exactly are you missing?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2010 at 5:50pm

The IMU shield will come with all the connectors you need to attach it to the APM board.

Comment by Morli on May 30, 2010 at 6:09pm
Thanks Chris, so it is only upgrade on few components + some additional features? Looks different from the original board layout we saw and I assumed few things have become a shield option now. So no shields are required? Great.


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