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The Brain

ArduPilot Mega board with soldered header pins

The brain of Scout is the ArduPilot Mega.  This board is based off of the Arduino Mega processor and uses the Arduino IDE (integrated development environment) for programing the board.   This board is capable of auto-stabilizing and navigating Scout.  If a GPS unit is connected to this board, it can then auto-navigate the aircraft to user programmed locations.

Posted in Electronics, Guide, The Brain by Russell

9 Responses to “The Brain”

  1. Khanh Nguyen says:

    Hello, I wonder if we have to/can connect this to a ArduPilot Mega IMU shield? Thanks.

  2. Richard says:


    Can the ArduPilotMega be replaced with the Ardupilot Mega 2.5?
    If so, could I still follow the same guide?


    • Russell says:

      Yes, you can use the APM 2.5 instead. The only difference is connecting the ESC’s and the receiver to the APM 2.5… The input and outputs of each board are in different locations.

  3. Jacob says:

    What is the 3DR Radio Telemetry Kit – 915 Mhz do i need that.

    • Russell says:

      The telemetry radio is used to communicate with the flight controller. You connect one radio to your computer and the other is connected to your UAV. It is essential a wireless USB. You use it to tune your UAV. If you have a GPS unit installed you can use a computer to send a programmed flight path or tell it where to go on a map.

  4. Jacob says:

    Also what Camera would you recommend i use and how would i go about setting that up

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