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 simonl on July 30, 2010 at 6:45pm
Hopefully you'll be distributing through Cool Components in th UK? They already stock several DIYDrones items at "OK" prices.

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Comment by Sgt Ric on July 30, 2010 at 9:50pm
I like that idea of strapping a pair of landing skids from HK on as addded prootection.
Comment by Taylor Cox on July 31, 2010 at 12:50am
Concerning the packaging options...how do you think they will be configured? In other words...how many different types of packaging options will be available? Will we easily be able to add extras to the package as so on? Will the lighting be included in the package? If not...will there be a quick tutorial on how you guys have placed and powered your led's ?

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 31, 2010 at 12:58am
We try to keep as less different package types as possible. This way it will be easier especially for newcommers but naturally more advanced people can build their own "packages". Mainly it will be like full packet with frame, motors, esc, basic electronics (apm, oilpan, gps, magneto) or similar combination. Then just frame, motors, esc due many people already have apm/oilpan. Also it is possible to get just the frame it self or electronics to people who want to build their own frames.

LED's and others will be optional and there will be other things too. DIY KIT idea is to give easy access to basic quad systems for everyone. From that point people can build their quad to what ever direction they want.

All instructions will be available. If something is missing, we will create it, that's to power of community :)

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 31, 2010 at 7:02am
Everyone are welcome to mount what ever landing gears on their quads, we just provide startup set. Set that can grow with your needs and it will. But I'm not sure how much that HK skids would protect more? :)

Current protection is rather good already and I bet that it is stronger than those HK skids...

And as promised earlier, small flying video that I made yesterday with ArduCopter official frame and latest firmware. On this video all my settings are rather default and flying area is really difficult, but still ArduCopter can handle it rather well.

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 31, 2010 at 7:05am
And come examples of how frame has been tested against baaaad flying.. This is even rather "mild" bashing. It been flying against walls, ceilings, kicked, thrown stuff on it, flipped over due badly mounted props etc. Only thing that we haven't test yet is run over it by car :P

NOT for people with heart problems or are worried about their toys....

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 31, 2010 at 7:05am
Camera angle is a bit bad due did not have Tripod so had to hang my miniDV camera on wall sign...
Comment by Garry Qualls on July 31, 2010 at 7:33am
These videos are really getting me excited about the ArduCopter! I am ordering my motors, ESCs, batteries, and everything else this weekend. Great work!
Comment by dimos apostolidis on July 31, 2010 at 7:38am
Jani, In these pictures I see that pressure sensor is hidden, there will be a problem?

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Comment by robert mcintosh on July 31, 2010 at 8:10am
great videos! what level of soldering skill would you say a person needs to get one of these things built? I have soldered wire harnesses before but never anything really precise. also, are those the props that will come with the kit?

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