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
  • Magnetometer
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.

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Comment by Mike on July 29, 2010 at 2:17pm
Whats the programme for the heli version of ArduCopter?

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2010 at 2:26pm
Heli (which is initially going to a UAV conversion kit for the Trex 450) is a month or two behind the quad.

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 29, 2010 at 8:57pm
Oh it does look good and flies nice.. Soon other people will have them on their desk like i do now..

All beta frames to dev team and for few extra eager testers should be shipped out during next week, I expect this to happen on tue-wed (3-4/Aug).
Comment by Nick Bright on July 29, 2010 at 9:08pm
Exciting! I'm hoping to get one of these, since I don't have enough room to fly a fixed wing near my home.
Comment by Mark on July 30, 2010 at 12:57am
Looks nice, couple of questions. Will the kit be available minus the APM & IMU as I have this already? Will there be an ultrasonic sensor in the kit as well? Some of the early trial video's show ultrasonic and ir sensors for auto take off/land and collision avoidance.

Will this be distributed from the US or will there be somewhere in Europe I can order from?
Comment by DODY on July 30, 2010 at 1:25am
Hello Jani, can you one have videos of the arducopter in flight?

Developer
Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 30, 2010 at 1:41am
Yes it will be possible to have just the frame. And if you then include sonars and IR's, you will have similar set like in those early videos you have seen.

There will be a lot other parts too for this frame but we start from basic frame first and then continue from that. Main distributions will come either US or Asia. We are looking to have European distribution site too but no any promises/time tables yet.

Developer
Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 30, 2010 at 1:47am
I will make some demo vids during weekend...
Comment by robert mcintosh on July 30, 2010 at 11:04am
I was just wondering if there were plans to implement the kind of functionality seen in this video here to this platform http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMC12GzdmeA . It seems to me that this sort of thing should be the default or "beginner" flight mode for any multicopter that has this feature. If this were on my quad I could not think of a reason why I would ever turn it off.

Developer
Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 30, 2010 at 11:22am
Well that's what we are building and we already have some level of it working. Tho we are not calling it as DPS, it is just stable mode. Ok it is a bit wrong to compare ArduQuad and Microdrones MD4-200 due MD4-200 costs about 25.000 USD and our ArduQuad will be less than 500 USD. MD4-200 is one most advanced multirotor system for commercial and professional use. They also have 20+ full time employees to work full time on it.

But anyways we try to make our platform as good as possible and hopefully it will be better than MD4-200 someday. But still this is meant for hobby use.

As for that beginner mode, yes it will be there. And like said, it is there already and even working rather well.

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