Those of you who tuned into the podcast this week heard that we're in high gear here at DIY Drones getting ready to release the next generation of ArduPilot, ArduPilot Mega. As always, this is a community effort--the product of dozens of people working for more than a year. So this is an opportunity to call out some of the heroes of the project and a way for people to figure out how they might contribute:
Project Team leaders
ArduPilot hardware (classic & Mega) Jordi Munoz and Nathan Seidle
ArduPilot software (classic & Mega) Jason Short and Doug Weibel
ArduIMU hardware Jordi Munoz
ArduIMU software Jose Julio, Doug Weibel and Jordi Munoz
ArduPilot Mega IMU shield Jordi Munoz and Jose Julio
Ground station software Igor Koruga
Configuration utility HappyKillmore
ArduStation Mega Sarel Wagner
Telemetry data structure Mikko Saarisalo
Documentation Chris Anderson

Each of those team leaders typically has a few other contributors working with them; in total we probably have about two dozen core developers. These project are all sized to work best with small teams, so we're careful about adding too many new folks, but we also depend on the community to drive the project forward. So if you would like to contribute to one of these efforts, please comment below.

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Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on March 28, 2010 at 11:52pm
Chris, maybe give a general update on the projects again, been some time since we have done so.


Comment by Jordi Muñoz on March 29, 2010 at 12:30am
ArduPilot hardware, Chris you forgot Nathan!!
Comment by passunca on March 29, 2010 at 4:04am
Hi Guys,

I would like to contribute. The ground station software should be the area where I can bring something new. I can send you guys my credentials by pm.
Comment by mark on March 29, 2010 at 7:54am
I agree with Sarel, an overview of the project would help. From what I remember, it'll be a three-processor board and uses an IMU instead of thermopiles.
Comment by Daniele Pedrini on March 29, 2010 at 7:59am
I have placed some issue at
If you have no problems I can suggest more enhancements.


Comment by Jason Short on March 29, 2010 at 10:01am
Maybe Teams can post their progress here.
2.5.03 is done, although I may post a patch to fix some formatting issues.
Doug has taken the reins and is rapidly finishing 2.6.
Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on March 29, 2010 at 10:47am
ArduMega Ground station Schematics were completed, hardware was received last week so the mock up for board layout has started. We hope to finish this in the next week or 2, work pressure permitting. We have a good idea of where the components need to go on the board. They will all fit.

The layout of the actual copper is not easy, Jordi is making us prove our skills by keeping this board as a 2 layer board..... It will be a challenge to get all the tracks sorted with the best possible EMI/RFI since there will be little space for ground planes etc.

Comment by Ludovico Antonio on March 29, 2010 at 1:12pm
Hi guys,
are you intrested in having the ardupilot manual traslated in Italian (wich can be easily translated in spanish,there is a huge fpv community in spain, by google)??
If yes just send me a PM I' ll be glad to help

Comment by Morli on March 29, 2010 at 3:27pm
Don't ask, just do it :) and upload it some were and post the link, some one will verify and add it to wiki later. Thanks

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on March 29, 2010 at 7:51pm
Well ArduPilotMega:

-Final modifications for mass production, updated logo.

Possible candidate for the shield or pan oil is already on the batching factory.


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