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 Michael Zaffuto on September 30, 2009 at 4:53am
I'd be happy to contribute to 0,1,2,4 or 7. I'm a hardware design engineer (25yrs exper)
with a good feel for the 'sparkfun style' design philosophy. I can program, create protos
etc. in my home "lab". Let me know how I can help!
Comment by James McGlinn on September 30, 2009 at 11:48am
Happy to help with #9 if needed.
Comment by Mogly (Umesh Tharanath) on September 30, 2009 at 3:37pm
I am ready to help on all the points on ArduPilot, even If i do't know I will learn and do it. Let me know how we proceed!
I am more in to Software I have done quite a Image processing stuff. May be it will help in our GCS.

I am very excited to work you guys. !! :D
Comment by agmatthews on November 21, 2009 at 5:59am
I'm happy to help with number 5 - the ArduIMU manual


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