New ArduPilot Mega boards off the production line!

That's Nathan Siedle, CEO of Sparkfun, handing me the very first ArduPilot Mega board to come off the Sparkfun production line. We were at an Arduino planning meeting in NYC; that's Massimo Banzi of the Arduino project in the back.

Here's a closeup photo of the board. It looks great! The only thing that's not quite right is the GPS connector is supposed to be sideways, so it doesn't rip off in a crash, but we'll fix that in the next batch. It doesn't really matter, because nobody will use that connector; they'll be using the GPS connector on the IMU shield instead.



I don't have an ETA on when they'll go on sale, but it's not long now!

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Comment by Marc Daniels on March 19, 2010 at 11:29pm
Looks good, is it much different from the beta version?

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on March 20, 2010 at 1:45am
Yes PPM encoder running at 16Mhz and resettable fuse for protection but only after the servo power, to void false triggers.
Comment by Morli_ on March 20, 2010 at 3:43am
congrats Jordi & team , on the birth of new baby :)
Comment by Rana on March 20, 2010 at 4:52am
Bravo Jordi ! Bravo Chris !
Eager to hear flight tests, do you have any plan to send ArduPilot Mega Board free to some selected RC Test Pilots ! :D
Comment by Edson Nobrega on March 20, 2010 at 5:48am
Nice Job! Congratulations.
Comment by Ryan on March 20, 2010 at 6:25am
I'm in for one!

Comment by Mark Colwell on March 20, 2010 at 6:51am
Sweet, keep up the great work...
Comment by Ryan on March 20, 2010 at 7:13am
Thats good news. Now I can have one aircraft running on ardupilot and one on mega.

I know you cant sell them through your store chris but I am just about to order another ardupilot and shield and was wondering if there is something that can be done about the two lots of international postage costs to the uk. Thats one from you and one from sparkfun. I could order the ardupilot from cool components here in the uk but its still two postage cost. Sorry for my moan.

Anyway congrats to all the team and I cant wait to order one.
Comment by passunca on March 20, 2010 at 8:51am
that is a very good looking board, cant't wait. You have to fix another small detail on the next batch... the logo is the old version.

Comment by Sgt Ric on March 20, 2010 at 9:42am
Geez... I thought we were done with the logo issue!

Really cool news Jordi and Chris!


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