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Feb 02, 2011, 05:17 AM
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Pirates' Productions Proudly Presents: the MegaPirate UAV and more...

Hi Pirates of the Air!

I'm happy to announce the final steps taken by ArduPirates to build and offer own hardware.

We present frames, UAV accessory and electronix for decent prices.

And finally it's there: The MegaPirate based on ATMega1280/2560 like the Flyduino and FFIMU

Jump to the info here:

Pirate Menno aka joebarteam offers a great tutorial on PID tuning

Step-by-step instructions with videos!
Not only applicable for MegaPirates but for every multirotor aircraft needing tuning of the PIDs.

My new MultiMega Copter based on a Paul's Flyduino Mega and Jussi's 9DOF IMU+ baro.
Frame: Kaotic Presence. Code: Alexinparis' MultiWii 1.6

You can build a quad like that for ~ 350$. It includes a flight controller with ATMega 1280 and a sensor board with 3axis gyros, accelerometers, magnetometer and barometer.

Add GPS (25$), Ultrasonic Rangefinder (8$), landing gears and camera mount (soon to come) and with some DIY you'll get away with around 500$.
There is still some code missing - but coders are hardworking people. So let's wrap them in soft cussions.

MultiMega FlyduinoMega Freeflight IMU - Outdoor Maiden Flight (2 min 55 sec)

MegaPirate PoC (5 min 12 sec)

MegaPirate Garden Flight #1 (3 min 16 sec)

Enjoy the show!

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Feb 02, 2011, 05:18 AM
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FRAMES (tri, quad, hexa, octo)

Kaotic Presence Quad frames

Prices range from 65$ for a standard frame with aluminium arms up to 140$ for a complete frame with electronix container and carbon fiber arms.

See more informations on Alex' Blog.

Norf's Hexa Frames

Another great frame built for AP/AV/FPV.

Prices range from 69$ for a basic package including landing gears, Go Pro camera mount and variable stacks for the brains. You can also order pre-drilled armes for different motors and sizes.

See more informations on Norf's Blog.

(3 min 33 sec)

Norf's brand new Pirate Ship

ArduPirates Project X (3 min 3 sec)

Unfortunately this Black Pearl not for sale...

Jakub's Frames

Jakub is a nice guy from Krakow in Poland. He sells his standard quad frame for 59 plus decent shipping fees worldwide.
His brand new store offers a large amout of different frames (from Tris to Hexa) now:

Some samples:

He's also very active in the RCG forums and you can read a thread about his new creations here:

ArduPirates' Hexa with X468 landing gears and frame parts

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Feb 02, 2011, 05:19 AM
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ELECTRONIX (flight controllers, sensor boards, shields)

Paul's Flyduino:

Seeeduino Mega:




Jussi's FreeFlight IMU (9DOF + baro):

Jussi's IMU on a Seeeduino Mega with MultiWii 1.6 code by Alexinparis

Jussi has just posted the availability of his shields!

Shield for the Seeeduino Mega and I2C connection for the FreeFlight IMU:

Price is only 10 for the shield!
Get more info here.

Shield for the Arduino Pro Mini:

Prices are 6 for the blank PCB or 10 for a kit.
Get more info here.

Fabio's bob for the Invensense MPU6050

Fabio's bob for the HMC5883L Accelerometer

Erazz' PiPo ISU all-in-one board with ATMega 328, ADXL345, L3G4200D and HMC5843

He already started a thread here:

He's in the process of tailoring some code for his board and already made some code available here:

ELV Bosch BMA020 triple axis accelerometer breakout board:

The ELV breakout board is back in stock!

Ultrasonic Rangefinder:

Ftech FMP04 GPS module (Mediatek MT3329)

Good and cheap XBee replacement: (~50$)

Here's a how-to by Nosepo:

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Feb 02, 2011, 05:20 AM
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SOFTWARE (arduino compatible software)

Working Software for different Multirotor Projects:

Dani's Universal Ardu Online Configurator for ArduPirates/ArduCopter/AeroQuad/MultiWii:

Sneak preview on some software to come:

The ArduPirates Management Console:

The ArduPirates Ground Station

ArduPirates GroundStation alpha preview (2 min 32 sec)

The ArduPirates Mission Planner

ArduPirates Mission Planner (4 min 59 sec)

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Feb 02, 2011, 05:45 AM
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Other parts & gadgets

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Feb 02, 2011, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by kinderkram
SOFTWARE (arduino compatible sketches & libraries)
Can't wait to see what goes here instead of "reserved"
Feb 02, 2011, 10:58 AM
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well im salivating
Feb 02, 2011, 11:03 AM
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Feb 02, 2011, 02:59 PM
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Very cool.

Can not wait untill the 9DOF + baro are available to buy

. I always miss out on the groups buys.
Feb 02, 2011, 04:04 PM
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Where can I buy the Norf's Hexa Frame? and when?
Feb 02, 2011, 04:35 PM
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Cool stuff.

Really like the Flyduino. Been wanting a miniMega for a while. If it's arduino IDE compatible I'm there. Can he add a row or two of pinouts so you don't loose any? Also like how it doesn't have a usb thing on it.

A mini usb might be ok but I prefer to use my FTDI basic breakout or other off board device to keep the weight down.
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Feb 02, 2011, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by FERCYR37
Where can I buy the Norf's Hexa Frame? and when?
You can order the basic set for 69$ plus shipping from me. I have a batch of 10 here (without arms). But I can arrange pre-drilled arms on request.
Norf will start with the production of complete frames in around 2 weeks.
Feb 04, 2011, 08:01 AM
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Hexa frames shipping costs

I've sorted out the shipping costs for the Hexa frame parts (69$/50€), containing these items:

2 center plates:

2 landing gear parts:

Go Pro camera mount and stackable plates for the electronix:

A bag with screws, nuts, standoffs and landing gear sticks...

- standard shipping in Germany = 3$ (2,20€)
- registered mail in Germany = 5,5$ (4,00€)

- registered international airmail = 7,50$ (5,50€)
- fast international shipping = 10$ (7,50€)

PM me if you're interested.

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Feb 06, 2011, 06:12 PM
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pricing for shipping

Can you show price for shipping on the hexa frame

Feb 08, 2011, 08:06 AM
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Your Managenmet Console looks like a dream, fanstatic work.

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