Open source I2C ESC project and MikroKopter controler clone

A bunch of groups (including us) are working on open source I2C ESCs, which will be cheaper, better and easier to integrate into quadcopters than commercial ESCs. Here's one such project.


This guy is also working on "cloning a Chinese clone" of the MikroKopter quad controller. He reports:


"Everything works as planned.

Features over the ChinaFC-1.35:

* 4 layer PCB with proper ground / power plane
* Pan/Tilt/??? servo output like on OEM MK 2.x
* 3V reg for Spektrum-satellite receiver
* Switching DC/DC regulators instead of 7805
* MK-compatible molex connector for distribution board for I2C/Power/Buzzer
* $68 BOM cost"

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Comment by mahmood on January 26, 2011 at 7:08pm
interesting clone of the clone

Comment by Rory Paul on January 26, 2011 at 7:59pm
not exactly PC board is going have a tough time working with that...
Comment by Ramon L on January 26, 2011 at 8:48pm

Theres a clone of MK for $28 ..... Here


Comment by Sebastian Gralla on January 27, 2011 at 6:57am
if you solder MK ESCs youself, they will cost 17€ each, not bad for a good ESC

Comment by Roberto Navoni on January 27, 2011 at 7:03am

The 1.3 FC Clone is not so' good ... use  a bad gyro ... and the fly isn't so good.

The problem is not cloning a board , but is the firmware. Cloning a board and firmware is simple developing a new one as we doing with arducopter project is another thinkg ... my first board Multipilot 1.0 was yet compatible with FC 2.0 But i don't sell the board with original firmware of mk because the  MK license denied to use it with other not original board.

Comment by Ted on January 27, 2011 at 8:00am
I understand that cloning happens, and lets be honest here, "clone" is a nice way to say counterfeit; but then to go on and openly promote/advertise that you are making not only a counterfeit yourself, but a counterfeit of a counterfeit......... thats some business plan you guys got there.
Comment by Russkel on January 27, 2011 at 8:21pm
I understand that counterfeiting would be DIYDrones trying to sell it as the official one. This is obviously not the case. Not to mention it has more features than the one it has "cloned" (which means it isn't even a clone any more!).
Comment by Ramon L on January 27, 2011 at 9:30pm
No one is cloning nothing, come on! He is remaking it his way to share his version!, using the other version as an example, and that is what DIY is all about baby!!! thats why we are here!! to make and better things! oh!!  and share off course!! ;)
Comment by Russkel on January 27, 2011 at 9:53pm
Too right Ramon. I think some people are here for the DIYMoans instead.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on January 28, 2011 at 5:30am

All posts can be politicized in some way!

Just a thought.




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