Many of you have asked how you can help with the ArduPilot project. Now we have an answer! We're looking for people with various skills: software, hardware, documentation or project management.

Here are some things on our to-do list that we could use some help on (Jordi's focusing on core ArduPilot Mega development himself). Please look through and see if something sounds like fun. The reward is that you get to work closely with us and you're helping create a little bit of the future! (Plus if you design a project that we can sell, we'll figure out a way to get you paid)

  1. Design a "thermopile replacement" version of ArduIMU: this is a version of the current ArduIMU board with a two-channel DAC and a FMA connector, so it can output voltage to emulate the FMA thermopiles.
  2. Design the turn-rate limiter shield hardware and software modification to the ArduPilot code: this is shield that has a one-axis gyro, a differential pressure sensor and a connector for the uBlox GPS. It will duplicate the functions of the UNAV PicoPilot but be better and a lot cheaper.
  3. Create and maintain a library of airframe.h configuration files
  4. Design the hardware for the ArduPilot Mega ground station (with dynamic PID adjustments). Similar to this.
  5. ArduIMU documentation
  6. Create an autopilot PID tuning guide
  7. Create a Lego Mindstorms compatible version of our MUX/Failsafe. This is just our current board with the addition of a Mindstorms connector and any necessary components for an I2C link. .
  8. Create a "Using ArduPilot with the Remzibi OSD" guide
  9. Create a ArduStation assembly and usage manual
  10. Create a system that can inject telemetry data on the invisible closed caption lines of a video stream and be able to decode it in the other side for the OSD system.

Please volunteer for one or more projects in the comments, and we'll follow up by PM

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Comment by John C. on September 28, 2009 at 9:47pm
I could add value to 4, 5, 8 and 9
Comment by Paul Mather on September 28, 2009 at 9:51pm
I've got 8
Comment by Peter Meister on September 28, 2009 at 10:41pm
Happy to handle #3 and also assist on #8 with Remzibi. and assist on #5.
Comment by Dean on September 29, 2009 at 12:12am
Uhh, I already gave the technical details on #1 here:

have at it.
Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on September 29, 2009 at 12:48am
For the ground station, maybe design it around the 328 Ardupilot board. Since most people here have that as the current AP, when we get the ArduMega we can convert the Ardu328 into a ground station.

Comment by Peter Koppendorfer on September 29, 2009 at 1:41am

Unfortunately I can only make mechanical components.

CNC milling

I already have a housing for the
Ground stadion and for an X-Bee

Please let me know it if you need anything

Comment by Dimitar Kolev on September 29, 2009 at 2:54am
Can not take specific point, but schematics capturing, PCB design, PCB CNC milling for fast and relatively simple prototypes, hand fine pitch soldering, for fast and relatively simple prototypes.
Comment by Michael on September 29, 2009 at 2:59am
Im happy to help with documentation, let me know what you need me to do.
Comment by Spencer Riggs on September 29, 2009 at 5:12am
I'd love to contribute to numbers 5 and 9, I can document pretty well.
Comment by Spencer Riggs on September 29, 2009 at 5:13am
Sorry, hit enter too fast. I can also work on number 6, and help with maintenence/management of number 3.


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