Replacement:GPS-10294. The latest revision uses the ATmega2560 in place of the ATmega1280. This page is for reference only.
The ArduPilot Mega is the newest version of autopilot board designed by Chris Anderson and Jordi Muñoz of DIY Drones using the ATmega1280.
ArduPilot Mega is a fully programmable autopilot that requires a GPS module and sensors (IMU sensor shield available from DIY Drones) to create a functioning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The autopilot handles both stabilization and navigation, eliminating the need for a separate stabilization system. It also supports a "fly-by-wire" mode that can stabilize an aircraft when flying manually under RC control, making it easier and safer to fly. The hardware and software are all open source. The board comes with all the surface-mount parts already soldered, but requires the user to solder on connectors. RC processing firmware is already loaded, but the autopilot software must be downloaded and loaded onto the board by the user. It can be programmed with the Arduino IDE.
We recommend the following items to accompany this product:
Other necessary elements, including aircraft recommendations, can be found at the project's home page. Note: This product is a collaboration with Jordi Munoz of 3d Robotics. A portion of each sales goes back to them for product support and continued development.
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