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 Al Billings on April 23, 2015 at 11:01am
Comment by Bill Isenberger on April 23, 2015 at 11:02am

Since it has a 32 bit processor will it work with Copter 3.3?

Comment by Paul Meier on April 23, 2015 at 11:04am

@ Rob

A Pixhawk is 200 $ so if 200 is 80 % it means that the whole airframe is 50 bucks.

I would not put 200 $ of flight controller in a 50 buck airframe, on the other hand if my airframe is worth a couple of thousands I would definitively NOT use a 100 $ knockoff    ;)

Comment by Crashpilot1000 on April 23, 2015 at 11:05am

Yeah, right if Mexico = USA.

Comment by Al Billings on April 23, 2015 at 11:10am

Last I checked, 3DRobotics had facilities in San Diego, as well, and its main office is in Berkeley.

As to cost of airframes. Well, my drones aren't $3000 precious babies. They're 3D printed or made out of carbon tubes and wood, as often as not. I have a few $89 or $100 airframes as well.

My point is that the reason people buy the Chinese stuff is because it costs roughly 1/3 of buying American. I know this isn't necessarily popular to point out and doesn't help 3DR's business but, again, I'm not flying $3000 hexes with cameras to film a professional movie.

I *may* be buying a solo but I'm more likely to buy the pixhawk2 hardware when it comes out and put it on my own frame. I do have at least one quad with high end electronics but, most of the time, I'm not flying way points, etc. I'm just flying LOS and fooling around.

Comment by Bill Isenberger on April 23, 2015 at 11:14am

There's a thread about it on RC Groups:

Comment by Bill Isenberger on April 23, 2015 at 11:51am

Comment by Hugues on April 23, 2015 at 12:03pm

Seriously, who cares about this fc. Everybody is waiting for more info about PixhawkV2 !

Comment by Marc Dornan on April 23, 2015 at 1:06pm

I scanned the threads on RC groups and it is totally unclear that this is anything to do with APM or that it is a clone of anything except that it has some vague similarity with PX4. It seems to come from a company that has made Flight Controllers (they say). All a bit hazy but there seem to be people buying it and flying it and those that manage to fly it have reported it flies well. Maybe it is original firmware or maybe it not. Alas, I think it will not be possible to run 32 Bit Arducopter on on this $100 system. I am with a previous poster in valuing my free time to much to even try it. But if someone figures out how to run 32 Bit Arducopter on it I suspect they may sell a few of them...

Comment by DG on April 23, 2015 at 3:49pm

I've been flying a newly built quad using the AUAV-X2 FC. I think it is an excellent design in a small package, and isn't made in China.


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