Third time's the charm! This is the ArduPilot board that's now going through the production process. If it passes QA, we're good to go!

No big functional changes, but we added the option to use external power or RC receiver power, and we've broken out unused Atmega pins so you can use them if you want. Some other wiring changes, so you'll want to use the latest code.

Eagle files here.

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Comment by corey on December 1, 2008 at 7:26pm
looks like ardupilot will be selling before attopilot
Comment by Jhon on December 2, 2008 at 12:51pm
nice :D

just one question: to modify firmware to add waypoints, and so on, what we need? just a PIC programer ? there is an ICSP in the board?

finally will be compatibly with the tiny 5 hz locosys gps ? (that one:
Comment by Aristotle on December 2, 2008 at 1:00pm
Thanks for sharing the schematics Chris. I know you probably get asked a lot, but do you know how long it will take to get your boards back? I can get a few for myself through BatchPCB, but that can take a while, and if yo are going to have yours ready in a month... I may as well buy a kit from you/your vendor.

Very cool stuff, I think I'll be dropping mine in an easy glider pro.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2008 at 2:00pm
@Jhon. The board doesn't use a PIC, it uses an Atmel Atmega. The programming environment is Arduino. Right now you add the waypoints with that IDE, although we'll be adding a ground station app later that will allow you to do it without getting into code.

Please see our previous post on Locosys compatibility (short form: yes, but you'll have to wait for our daughterboard to convert from ArduPilot's 5v to the Locosys 3.3v)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2008 at 2:03pm
@Aristotle: we should have populated boards in a week or two, and if the QA goes well they will be on sale in a month.

I'll post a BatchPCB link in the next day or so for those who want to do it all themselves--the typical BatchPCB turnaround is about a month. But at this point we're recommending that people wait to buy the built-up boards, which will have all the hard work already done.
Comment by Nick Sargeant on December 2, 2008 at 2:42pm
One month! Yay!
Quick question: Has the Ardupilot gone through any real flight testing yet?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2008 at 4:01pm
@Nick: Not this version. Lots of sim time, though, so we're pretty confident. We'll test in the air on a couple platforms (Superstar and EasyGlider) before shipping, but you should expect the code to continue to evolve even after the hardware is frozen.
Comment by Jhon on December 2, 2008 at 4:06pm
im still a bit lost, im pretty ignorant in electronic devices,

so wahts extactly what i will need to buy to interconnect ardupilot with my computer in order to upgrade the code ?

i need buy that ? ttp://


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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2008 at 4:37pm
@Jhon: Please wait until release. We'll post instructions and all necessary gear then.

(The info is all here already, but if you're not familiar with electronics it may be hard to find. Basically, what you'll need is just an FTDI cable)
Comment by Aristotle on December 2, 2008 at 7:14pm
@Chris Thanks for the quick response. I'll buy a built up board, sounds like it will be quicker at this point anyway. I have all the tools, so I'm ready. Will the thermopile boards be available as well, or is the fma version the way to go for now?


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