It's like the best of both worlds! APM software with a familiar white GPS puck and nice wasp-waist controller box. Just $98 at HobbyKing.


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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2015 at 6:02pm
Gary: check the discussion thread on that product. The users who already have one figured out what was inside
Comment by Suryana Putra on April 22, 2015 at 6:06pm
Yes I might quote unclarify statement but anyway I'm not interested with it and will just stick with apm/pixhawk. Waiting for my ordered AUAV-X2 and later pixhawk-2 when it available (this year I hope).

Comment by Gustavo Yescas Castañeda on April 22, 2015 at 6:09pm

Hi guys I am new in this topic well... I´d like to know if this fuctions like an Autopilot and what it is the software that create the route or the fly mission like waypoints, excuse me I am really new and I really want know more about it.

Comment by Marc Dornan on April 22, 2015 at 6:22pm

The HK discussions do not seem to say it is an APM clone. Or they are very, very unclear. It seems to not do Tricopters so that would suggest it is not an APM clone.

Comment by Ravi on April 22, 2015 at 6:30pm

I once opened the flight controller of NOVA quadcopter (clone of phantom) which is again a APM. the quality of PCB and soldering was not upto the mark. inside PCB was like from a cheap Chinese toy. the plastic housing from outside looks well finished but typically Chinese from inside. forget any support. it is a challenge to get any support from a Chinese company. we do need someone to come with a aluminum housing for APM, pixhawk.

Comment by 承德 金 on April 22, 2015 at 7:37pm

I think 3DR still haven't any agent in china cause so many chinese company clone APM , of course, they have some limit tech support for user. and they are so cheap for chinese amateur.

Comment by RC on April 22, 2015 at 8:55pm
Comment by Gary McCray on April 22, 2015 at 9:06pm

Hi Chris,

I can see it seems to indicate that the chips used are basically the same as a PX4, but it is not at all clear it has anything like PX4 pinouts or IO or channel assignments.

Or that internal firmware is actually similar to let alone the same as PX4.

The net result from everything I can find is that it is definitely not Mission Planner compatible (our Mission planner anyway) and our firmware does not look like it can be remotely functionally loaded into it.

If somebody else has found other information I would greatly appreciate your publishing that link here.

Pretty case anyway.

Best regards,


Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 22, 2015 at 9:26pm

Five years ago the conversation would have gone long the lines of wow $98 thats half the price of a single GPS. There are plenty of flight controllers out there playing but not so many actually working. 

Comment by Tony Kenward on April 22, 2015 at 11:21pm

 I posted this a couple weeks back, and it was a big snooze from the DIY droners:

It is cheaper than this (dubious APM) flight controller kit.  It is real APM apparently.  No cad files from what I see.


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