ArduStation Mega v1.0b arrived


Our ArduStation MEGA boards arrived today and I am truly excited to see how they work. Now starts small assembly job for them and then we can start doing testing for those. 

Big thanks for Colin for his original ASM work, it's great to see what great minds can create. 

New boards looks just awesome. Few connectors are missing but those are quickly soldered. These boards are from the first batch and we have them now small qty in stock. If there are any changes that needs to be made, we will do it and then first production batch will come.

Technical specs:

  • MCU: Atmel 2560 with Atmel 8u2 USB "adapter"
  • XBee footprint for telemetry with external pins
  • IO: Buzzer, Analog, I2C, GPS
  • SDCard holder for storage needs
  • 128 x 64 pixel Graphics LCD
  • 3 x TTL Serial output pins
  • 2 x Servo outputs with internal/external power feed
  • Encoder port for menus etc use
  • Connection for I2C Keyboard 
  • 4 x LEDs for showing different statues

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  • Hi PPL, Does anyone know how to get the ublox neo 6 to Work with ardustation mega, i have checked the baud rate on the gps is 38400 baud, but the ardustation says no gps (i have seen something about updating ardustation mega to ArdustationMega_v0.6_ublox.hex via mission planner) how do i do that ?


  • Hi PPL.

    What is the max "safe" voltage on the battery wires

  • Hello all,

    I have connected an EM406 GPS module to the GPS port; The Ardustation Mega refuses to connect to it in any mode, be it, _AUTO, _NMEA or _SIRF.

    Can anyone help me please?



  • Thanks Colin,

    Seems obvious after you pointed it out! Thanks also for the quick response and dealing with my problem.

    I look forward to giving it a go!


  • Open up hardware.h and on line 15 change




    you can also use _AUTO, but I found it was less reliable.


  • Hi All,

    I have been trying to get my ASM working with a Mediatek GPS.  The 0.06 binary downloads and works fine but when I compile in Arduino I get "NOGPS" on the "ASM Status" page.  When I use the precompiled Mediatek binary I get "GPS Fix" but it seems that not all of the pages are there.

    All other parameters ork fine and it connects to my APM plane with no other (obvious) problems.

    Not sure how to go about compiling the code for Mediatek instead of uBlox.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks, Alex

  • Salut Jean-Marie, merci pour ta réponse.

    Je voulais d'abord savoir quel type de GPS il fallait connecter  l'ASM V1.5 (j'ai vu dans ce fil de discussion qu'il y a quelqu'un qui utilise un Mediatek, j'ai l'habitude d'utiliser des Ublox).

    En fait, c'est le type de connexion qui me chagrine un peu: la connexion 6 fils, y' a t-il un standard à utiliser ?

    Sinon, ça fonctionne: j'ai branché la télémétrie, et ça communique bien avec l'APM2.6.

    Aurais-tu une doc ou le manuel d'utilisation ?

    J'ai eu mon ASM ici :

    mais la doc :

    ne fonctionne pas , je ne connais pas ce type d'extension .dpbs

    As-tu trouvé quelquechose de ton coté ? merci ! :-)

  • hi Christophe, 

    Welcome ! I'm french to.

    Normally, last 0,6.hex from Colin works with ublox but un the Arduino Sketch it's seems to have: 

    #include "AP_GPS_NMEA.h"
    #include "AP_GPS_SIRF.h"
    //#include "AP_GPS_406.h"
    #include "AP_GPS_UBLOX.h"
    #include "AP_GPS_MTK.h"
    #include "AP_GPS_MTK19.h"
    #include "AP_GPS_None.h"
    #include "AP_GPS_Auto.h"

    Normally, if your ASM is near your Plane, You could setup UAV position as ASM=GCS postion but for me, it seems not working well for the moment I mean "partially". 

    Tracker page is very young and, honestly, depsite Colin marvellous job, I'm not sur it's really work beacause nobody hear seems to have plug servo to have a real 'tracker antenna'

    I've my ASM since 2 week but I've not spend a lot of time on it and, except week end, and I prefer flying than trying to have this working!

    Christophe, feel free to ask me question in french if you want ! 

  • Hello all, I'm new and happy to be here. I'm french, and interrsting by UAV with Skywalker 1900 + APM2.6 system, and ASM 1.5 for Ground Station.

    My first question is: GPS must be plugged to ASM , for work ???

    I've seen before that Mediatek GPS module it is good ?

    Thanks. ;-)

  • Thanks guys.  Tom, those are some good links.

    I'll probably go with the original then, as I already have one. :)  

    From what I'm reading, having an extra radio listening in might work... or it might not.  It's slightly complicated.  Only thing to do is test it.

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