Micro APM Hardware "Just make it smaller.."


Just seen our friends over at HobbyKing have released some new hardware focused toward the mini guys

Micro APM 2.7 (above)

Micro HKPilot OSD (below)


Micro Telemetry radio


Or just get the whole Set


The Micro HKPilot Mega master set is a complete open source autopilot and flight controller system featuring matched hardware, cables for a Micro plug-and-play UAV control system.

The new micro Master set total weight is just 23.5g and all components can fit in a 35x35x30 cube, for the smallest UAV total solution available. Perfect for mini MultiRotors and Park UAV missions.

The HKPilot is based on the rapidly evolving and refined Ardupilot mega or “APM”, an open source project from 3DR robotics. This amazing flight controller allows the user to turn any fixed wing, rotary wing, or multi-rotor vehicle (even boats and cars) into a fully autonomous vehicle, capable of performing a wide range of tasks even programmed autonomous missions with waypoints, with the included micro high precision NEO-6M Ublox GPS. 

Various user interfaces are available for programing, reviewing logs, setup and even some Apps for smart phones and tablets. The included telemetry radio, OSD, power sensor and GPS allow for full two way radio communication, giving you full control and provides live data back to your computer or tablet. The list of what this flight controller is capable of has quickly surpassed what it cannot. Feature rich settings, flight modes and supported platforms have made this the go-to UAV controller.

The HKPilot Mega Micro master set includes: The NEW Micro HKPilot Mega 2.7.2, the super precision Micro Ublox NEO-6M GPS module with integrated compass, Micro telemetry radio with built in PCB antenna and ground module for bi-directional data, 4s 60A PDB/BEC/ power sensor Module, Micro minim OSD for FPV feedback, complete matching cable sets for a plug-and-play experience.

This product is based on the open source APM Project from 3DR Robotics, the Cad files per the creative commons license are available under the files tab. The APM project is supported by thousands of users pushing this open source flight controller to be one of the best systems available.

So with the APM at the end of its life cycle as far as software support is concerned i do think its great we're getting these variants but how many will they really sell i wonder?

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  • Looking at this, I am struck by the size and clunkiness of the wiring harnesses.  Perhaps the next generation will be using flexible flat ZIF cables, or other lighter weight connectors?

  • I would be interested to know how good the range is on the little UHF module. It would be good if the air module was available on it's own (without the ground module).

    I have tried follow me mode with a bluetooth module with inbuilt antenna, but the range was too short to be useful. Perhaps Hobby King's UHF air module will be just that little bit better.

  • HK is charging much higher as compared GLB;


  • I hope 3DR will soon release the next FC based on Intel's Edison chip, with lot's of computation power in a super small package :)

  • Maybe it's time to revisit the idea that APM is at the end of it's life?

    I think it's cool to see the small stuff coming along!

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