Sparkfun ArduPilot - Arduino UAV Controller


Price (CAD)
$24.95 ea.
$22.46 ea.

This is a Arduino-compatible autopilot board designed by Chris Anderson and Jordi Muņoz of DIY Drones using the new ATMega328. This board was used to win the annual autonomous vehicle competition put on by SparkFun

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This is a ATMega328 Arduino-based autopilot board designed by Chris Anderson and Jordi Muñoz of DIY Drones. This board was used in the winning entry of the first annual SparkFun autonomous vehicle competition!

ArduPilot is a fully programmable autopilot that requires a GPS module and an infrared XY sensor such as the FMA module 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.

Note: Although it was created with the purpose of being used in aircraft, it's equally at home in other land and sea-based autonomous vehicles! Build a sub!

The board comes with all the surface-mount parts already soldered, but requires the user to solder on connectors. Arduino bootloader firmware is preloaded, but the autopilot software must be downloaded and loaded onto the board by the user. All details and instructions can be found at the project's home page.

ArduPilot details:

  • Unit is designed for autonomous aircraft, car or boat. Infrared sensor required only for aircraft.
  • Built-in hardware failsafe uses a separate circuit to transfer control from the RC system to the autopilot and back again. Includes ability to reboot the main processor in mid-flight!
  • Multiple 3D waypoints (limited only by memory)
  • Comes with a 6-pin GPS connector for the 1HzEM406 GPS module.
  • Has six spare analog inputs (with ADC on each) and six spare digital input/outputs to add additional sensors
  • Supports addition of wireless downlink module for telemetry
  • Can be powered by either the RC receiver or a separate battery
  • Hardware-driven servo control, for less processor overhead, eliminating servo jitters.
  • Four RC-in channels (plus the autopilot on/off channel) can be processed by the autopilot.
  • LEDs for power, failsafe status, autopilot status and GPS lock
  • Dimensions: 30mm x 47mm






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