ArduCopter Quad is the first drone created with the ArduCopter UAV Platform, supported and created by DIY Drones and it's community. The platform is based on the ArduPilot Pro Mega (APM) and the APM sensor board currently nicknamed the "APM Shield/Oil Pan". The ArduCopter Quad joins two really great multirotor projects and createone even better. These two projects was known as AeroQuad and ArduIMU Quad III.
Here's an initial feature list and software road map.
ArduCopter Feature List
6 Degree of Freedom IMU stabilized control Gyro stabilized flight mode enabling acrobatics (loops and barrel rolls) GPS for position hold Magnetometer for heading determination Barometer for altitude hold IR sensor integrationfor obstacle avoidance Sonar sensor for automated takeoff and landing capability Automated waypoint navigation Motor control using low cost standard PWM Electronics Speed Controllers (ESC's)
On board flight telemetery data storage Mounted camera stabilization capability Wireless command & telemetry for long distance communication Capability to fly in "+", "x", hexa and octo configurationsBattery level detection User configurable LED flight pattern Capability to use any R/C receiver ArduCopter Configuration and Ground Control Software Realtime graphs of flight data GUI for configuration of PID and other flight parameters On Screen Display integration Waypoint programming using Google Maps Mixertable view to auto configure "+", "x", hexa and octo configurations
Software RoadmapInitial baseline using Jose Julio's v3 software o Provides absolute angle PID flight control o Obstacle avoidance o Waypoint navigation Generalize basic ArduCopter functions (ie. Separate PPM receiver input and motor control functions into separate libraries. Allows future coding of PWM vs. I2C ESC's) Emphasis on developing new capability into easy to use C++ libraries Integrate user defined EEPROMstorage capability Develop/optimize AeroQuad serial real-time command/telemetry for ArduCopter Integrate AeroQuad Configurator for external software configuration of ArduCopter Rename Configurator to Ground Control Station and integrate graphical programming of waypoint navigation Integrate AeroQuad rate PID control Integrate mixertable configuration for multicopter configurations Integrate AeroQuadcamera stabilization Integrate I2C motor control Develop capability to wirelessly control ArduCopter directly from Ground Control Station (USB joystick controller from laptop or through waypoint programming)
The ArduCopter UAV Platform is based on ArduPilotMega Board, APM Sensor Shield/Oilpan, i2c Magnetometer HC5843 and the GPS MTek(optionally you can add wireless connection using the XBee Pro and XtreamBee Board). The drones based on the ArduCopter UAV Platform could add more electronics accord to their characteristics. See below the ArduCopter Quad example (main components in bold):
Main components list
ArduPilot Mega (flight controller): Buy here. ArduPilot Mega IMU Shield/OilPan V1.4 (sensor board): Buy here. Pin Headers(you need 2): Buy here. Con Headers (you need 2): Buy here. Servo cable (4-8pcs. needed, recently 6 - to connect your rx): Buy here. Magnetometer Buy here. Cable: Buy here. GPS Buy here. Cable: Buy here. You can also purchase most parts from the AeroQuad store, Sparkfun in the USA, Phi Fun Shop in Asia, Coolcomponents in the UK or Lipoly in Germany (if available).
Quad_GettingStarted…………….ArduCopter Parts List
The ArduCopter UAV is a platform that supports any rotary-wing drone.
In order to do any work with the ArduPilot Mega, we need to have Arduino installed. Go here and on the right side of the screen, there is a green box called Featured Downloads. The Featured Downloads section will always contain the latest version of Arduino in Mac OS X (.dmg), Linux (.tgz), and...