Today marks the release of the Elle0 autopilot. The folks over atbv1bitsquared have been working long and hard on this new Paparazzi autopilot. It was their goal to make it as affordable as possible without compromising on the power and memory needed to run Paparazzi.
Elle0 features a very powerful 32bit ARM Cortex M4 micro processor, and is still backwards compatible to the Lisa/M and Lisa/MX you know and love. The footprint of the board is a standard 30.5mm x 30.5mm that was made popular by the nano racer quad community. This makes it easy to replace the autopilot on your racer quad and benefit from the features and stability of the Paparazzi UAV framework.
They are still working on documentation but for now you can take a look at the Pre-Order page for details. Elle0 will start shipping early 2016.

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 26, 2015 at 5:18pm

Are there any videos showing the state of the flight quality with Parazzi?  Quick search on Youtube shows up mostly only old stuff, and most videos showing the code, simulations, or at best, student competitions.

I'm just curious how well this program actually works.

Comment by Randy on November 26, 2015 at 5:51pm


I think Paparazzi is a well known open source system.  They were the first to work on the Bebop for example.

There was also a good multi-vehicle demonstration posted in a blog post recently here.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 26, 2015 at 8:14pm

Yes, I'm aware of Paparazzi's history.  I was just curious about the flight performance of the system considering they are suggesting people use this on their racer quads.  I don't see many videos of this system.

Comment by earthpatrol on November 26, 2015 at 8:39pm


I use Paparazzi UAV exclusively for anything that's autonomous. It's had support for managing multiple aircraft for many years and it's well thought out. It also has a really flexible architecture for extending functionality through the use of modules, similar to the concept of modules in Linux. There's a vibrant global community developing and using Paparazzi UAV for all kinds of advanced UAV work.

Check out the Bacchus Meteorological Project as well as another project on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica for some really nice scientific applications.

Comment by robert bouwens on November 26, 2015 at 10:35pm

the "tu delft" flies paparazzi and the performance is great.

the bebob mods do come from this kitchen.

Comment by eduardo on November 27, 2015 at 4:15am

Hi Rich ...
i think PPRZ are touched the ardupilot developers hahahah

Well, i need to talk something.

I flew 2500km with a plane using pprz and i not touched the confs os the electronics during this big job.

In counterpart, i work on a company that use pixhawk/arduplane in their equipment and all planes sold come back to company to get warranty because it drop from sky after some flights.

Paparazzi is a solid peace of code ... much more scalable and robust than ardupilot.

I not change 10 ardupilot by 1 paparazzi.

sorry for my poor english.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 27, 2015 at 6:46am

Robert, that's what I'm talking about.  That video isn't very impressive to me.  First, that's not a racer quad.  And the video includes a flipover on landing, and maybe a flyaway (it's hard to figure out what the video is trying to show).

There's this one with the Bebop:

But this one is also very unimpressive.  It's a little wobbly, and the auto flight appears to be not very precise based on what we see in the CGS.  And the landing is not very secure. 

I'm honestly asking: Are there any videos which show the system being used in high performance flight?

Comment by robert bouwens on November 27, 2015 at 8:35am


arducopter isn't much better ;-)

it remembers when looking for failures and faults ... it's always someone else fault.

there are better videos -especially the smooth flying of the rolling spider - even with the shitty mems devices installed.

and wind - the wind in the viedeo is pretty hard.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 27, 2015 at 10:26am

Ok, so there's no good videos.  Thanks.  It was just a very simple question.

Comment by earthpatrol on November 27, 2015 at 1:29pm


I think the idea behind Elle0 with respect to a racing frame is that it can turn your racer into an autonomous flying machine, if desired. Of course, all the frame based vibration issues would still need to be overcome.

I've seen the Elle0 flying in a 250 class frame before but I'm not an FPV person so I don't know how it compares. Hopefully some of those folks will make some videos soon. Personally, I like the idea of autonomous racing if ever that becomes a niche. "Marty, where we're going, we don't need goggles." (Doc Brown)


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