ArduQuad, the quadcopter part of the ArduCopter family, is nearing production. The first prototypes are going to the dev team next week, and Jani Hirvinen, who is manufacturing them, says retail availability should be in about six weeks.
Awesome render by Sandro Benigno above (this is just an alpha; parts will be moving to other places in the production version). Photos by Jani below:
The package will most likely include:
- ArduQuad platform hardware (airframe, motors, ESCs, props, power distribution board, cables, etc)
- ArduPilot Mega + Oilpan IMU shield
- MediaTek 10Hz GPS
In other words, everything you need for a complete quad! Pricing not decided yet, but should be the cheapest full UAV quad in the world, by a long shot.
That's a shot of packaged motor mounts getting ready to go out. Check out Jani's photo stream
for more shots of the prototypes.