Great new. Dean Goedde is now accepting orders for AttoPilot. $800:

Main features:
50Hz Attitude control (pitch and roll) with elevon and V-tail mixing
Automatic gain scheduling based on airspeed
Pitot airspeed sensing and control
100 3D waypoints with airspeed targets and 6 scripting parameters
Line hold navigaton to mere meters accuracy
Included GCS with ability to playback LOG.txt recorded to removable SD media onboard the UAV
Integrated power sensing to 90A and 50V
User-defined mAh abort limit failsafe for forced RTL
Unlimited onboard logging of 65+ parameters to micro SD media at 5Hz
Options to trigger photos at ground distance intervals or time intervals
Optional motor spin-down to idle before photos are triggered
Special NEW and universal RC failsafe system
100% compatibility with all R/C systems that "speak" to servos with 1-2ms logic pulses either 3V or 5V logic (no level shifters)
Wide voltage input range 4.2 to 13.2V, only 100mA including GPS
5Hz GPS with WAAS support

Here's the price list for it and all the related items:

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Comment by Boomslang on March 20, 2009 at 1:19am
Very impressive list of features. Just need auto-landing and you will have a completely autonomous plane at a very good price.
Comment by Jhon on March 20, 2009 at 12:47pm
for 800$ they could added an IMU at least...

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Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on March 20, 2009 at 2:05pm
"for 800$ they could added an IMU at least..."
... and one kilo bananas.
Sorry to hear that the crisis has hit so hard.
Cheapest IMU-based autopilot so far: unav3500 around 3KUSD and this is for a reason.
Try doing research to make your own and welcome again on the forum in 1 year or later:-)
Comment by paul hubner on March 20, 2009 at 2:19pm
An excellent job developing and bringing such a complex and capable product to market!

Paul

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on March 20, 2009 at 2:21pm
Actually Bill Premerlani's UAV devboard (see tab above) is an IMU-based autopilot and is just $299. Prices are coming down fast.

T3
Comment by Rory Paul on March 20, 2009 at 4:03pm
Dean

Please post some information regarding the ground station software! Looks good!
Comment by Ho-Chung Chang on March 21, 2009 at 6:11am
Very Cool Stuff, I have to save money ASAP to buy.....Orz
Comment by rad man on March 23, 2009 at 8:58pm
on site construction.....that kinda takes the D.I.Y. out of D.I.Y. Drones........
Comment by Giles Barton-Owen on April 4, 2009 at 10:41am
Someone should work out the Thermopile sensor --> AttoPilot comms (one wire notice) so people could use it with other things...
Comment by Jano Visser on May 19, 2009 at 8:00pm
I am a 4th year mechanical engineer at NWU. I'm working on my final year project. The project mainly consists of building an airframe for an RC plane and the buying and integrating an autopilot system and an auto take off and landing control system. Can someone please help with sugestion for these systems. I have to stay within a buget of $1500 excluding the airframe. I am strongly considering the attopilot. But i have a few questions about the attopilot. Will it be able to integrate with an auto take off and landing system? How exactly does the switch over from auto to manual control work?

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