This ArduPilot Mega kit has now been discontinued; please see the new replacement link below, this is the direct replacement. This page is for reference only.
This product has been replaced with the ArduPilot Mega 2.6
This is a Arduino-compatible autopilot board using the ATMega1280. The ArduPilot Mega w/ ATMega1280 v1.4 is a fully programmable autopilot that requires an Oilpan IMU and GPS module to create a functioning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV / Drone). This board (with ATmega1280) was used to win the annual autonomous vehicle competition organized by SparkFun.
The board comes with all the surface-mount parts already soldered, but requires the user to solder on an included 3 x 16 connector. The RC interface firmware is already loaded, however 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.
To connect the Autopilot to the RX in the plane you will need female to female servo cables, they come in two lenghts, either a 12cm female to female or 5cm female to female servo cable, you will need as many cables as channels you are using on the autopilot.
Please note: The ArduPilot Mega is not supplied with male pin headers.
If buying the ArduPilot Mega with out an Oilpan IMU (with pin headers), you will need 2 of the male header pins found here.
Designed to be used with autonomous aircraft, quadcopters and helis
Based on a 16MHz Atmega1280 processor.
Built-in hardware failsafe that uses a separate circuit (multiplexer chip and ATMega328 processor) to transfer control from the RC system to the autopilot and back again.
Includes ability to reboot the main processor in mid-flight
Dual-processor design with 32 MIPS of onboard power
Supports 3D waypoints and mission commands (limited only by memory--approximately 600-700 waypoints with current code, but can be adapted for more)
128k Flash Program Memory, 8K SRAM, 4K EEPROM
Comes with a 6-pin GPS connector (EM406 style).
Has 16 spare analog inputs (with ADC on each) and 40 digital input/outputs to add additional sensors
Four dedicated serial ports for two-way telemetry (using optional XBee modules) and expansion
Can be powered by either the RC receiver or a separate battery
Hardware-driven servo control, which means less processor overhead, tighter response and no jitters
Eight RC channels (including the autopilot on/off channel) can be processed by the autopilot.
LEDs for power, failsafe status, autopilot status
If your looking for the ArduPilot AT2560 click here
--All DIY Drones hardware (shields, sensors, etc) work indentically with both boards (1280 & 2560)
--APM 2.0 code and beyond: Supports both APM2560 and APM1280 boards
--ArduCopter 2.0 (aka ArduCopterMega, ACM) and beyond: Supports both APM2560 and APM1280 boards
--Future DIY Drones code (ArduRover, boats, etc): Supports both APM2560 and APM1280 boards
--APM 1.02: Requires APM1280
--ArduCopter RC2: Requires APM1280
--ArduPirates 1.6: Requires APM1280