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
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.