Jani sent over some pictures of the first beta ArduCopter retail units going out to the dev team. Yes, the dev team is that big now!
We'll announce pricing, package options, pre-ordering procedures and final specs within the month. I'm guessing that we'll be able to start shipping retail units by the end of September. We want to make sure that the code is pretty bulletproof, so the contents of those boxes will have to do a lot of flying between now and then!
Initially, we will be selling via our affiliate, PhiFUN (note: that site is not ready for ordering yet. Ignore the preorder offer for now--it doesn't work yet!) and directly via the DIY Drones store.
Please understand that ArduCopter is a full UAV, not a RC toy, so we have to comply with export and other regulations. So, for example. sales via the DIY Drones store may be US-only and require compliance with a no-export agreement. For those outside the US, PhiFUN will be the primary distributor, although we'll be looking for a European partner, too.