This is my first attempt at building an ArduCopter. I started with franticly searching the web for parts. I had no idea what I was looking for, but I was looking. Between DIY Drones and AeroQuad, I was able to come up with a list. I have a little background with the arduino. But nothing like this. Mostly would work with LEDs, LCD screens, and Temp sensors.

Ok on with the build. Here are some pictures of what I have so far.

I have a thousand questions, that I don’t even know I need to ask yet.

Thanks to all on this site....

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Comment by Sky Monkey on July 23, 2010 at 5:46pm
Wow! Full metal jacket! What does that weigh, just for curiosity sake?

What motor/esc/prop/battery packs are you running?

Have you lifted off yet?
Comment by Kevin Vertucio on July 23, 2010 at 6:12pm
Wow. Solid looking frame. Very nice!

Curious to know also if you have you flown it yet.

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 24, 2010 at 8:29am
Welcome to world of ArduCopters :)

Nice looking frame tho I really wonder why you mount APM on so high?? If something goes wrong and you
flip your quad upside down.. it's APM and IMU that get's hurt first.

If you have any question, we are here so just ask :)

I had just today first official ArduCopter up in sky.. With latest code and they worked quite nice. Tho I noticed that we have one big bug on code so be carefull with the code.. When you switch from stable to acro mode, your elevator is inverted.



Here's a latest pic of ArduCopter 1 and ArduCopter 2. Nr.2 was flying today, Nr.1 is just proto frame and might never fly :)

Comment by Scott Quartochi on July 24, 2010 at 9:29am
@Sky Monkey

APC 12x3.8 Slow Flyer
TR2217/20 Turnigy 2217 20turn 860kv 22A Out runner
TP_w25A Tower Pro w25A Brush less Speed Controller
Z45003S-30 ZIPPY Flight-max 4500mAh 3S1P 30C

I did want something that could carry a heavy load but I ended up with this stuff. As far as, how much does it weigh? I don't know. We will have to see soon.

It is not ready for any flight yet, unless I drop it off something. Or get fed up with it and send it to the moon.


@ Jani Hirvinen

The AMP will be protected with a plastic dome from a PTZ security camera. But I think I will have to drop the AMP down for it to fit.

You had it up!!! Great!! How long was it up? The LEDs look awesome!

I downloaded the code from Google Code. But when I try to look at it with the configure software it looks like the Gyro's are the Accel and the Accel's are the Gyro. Do you have any ideas on that? I am not ready to fly it but I would like to start understanding all the terms and numbers and how they all work together.

Thanks again all

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 24, 2010 at 10:20am
Hmm did you download our latest code r53 from repository?? and also do you have all libraries installed on your computer properly?

gyros/acc's cannot switch their position just like that :)

So it has to be something else. Due we all are using same electronics. So it's either you are missing some libraries or you are doing something funny with your electronics/programming environment.

I did fly today total of 2 hours indoors tomorrow I plan to go outside testing GPS hold and other issues. I had 3S 2200mAh zippys on board and umm with current setup i think I can fly like 10 mins with that batt. Don't know exact due it was often landing/takeoffs today to make adjustments and things like that.

About LED's... well you have not seen "anything" yet :P
Comment by Scott Quartochi on July 24, 2010 at 11:59am
The latest I can see is r52

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 24, 2010 at 12:10pm
Ok some parts are in r53, mostly Configurator.
Comment by Scott Quartochi on July 24, 2010 at 2:17pm
Any way I can get r53? I can't find it. Thanks

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 24, 2010 at 6:52pm
Oh sorry... r52 yes that's correct, my eyes are just a bit twisted :)

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Comment by Sandro Benigno on July 24, 2010 at 8:55pm
Hey, Scott! Do you initialized your EEPROM by configurator?

Right drop-down -> Initial Setup -> Initialize EEPROM

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