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In case you missed it, some great news items in the last couple weeks, from the Ardupilot development powerhouse:

– Release of Copter 3.5

– The Solo lives on

Copter 3.5 is a major release with an extensive list of new features and improvements, including support for visual odometry, obstacle avoidance, RTK GPS, dual GPS blending, non GPS loiter and navigation, improved autotune.

More specifically, AC 3.5 new features and improvements include:

  • Performance improvements including 8kHz IMU sampling for improved vibration resistance, greatly reduced latency between IMU updates and motor outputs
  • AutoTune with position hold if entered from Loiter/PosHold flight modes (wiki28)
  • Delivery improvements including Servo Gripper17 and Package Place
  • Driver additions and improvements:
  • Flight controllers supported now includes:
    • The Cube30 (aka Pixhawk2)
    • Beagle Bone Blue26
    • improved Intel Aero RTF support (ArduPilot is included in Intel’s next software release)
    • AUAV2.1
    • PixhawkMini support
  • GPS improvements:Mission fix for Turn-towards-next-waypoint-too-soon issue (only applies to AUTO flight mode)
  • Non-GPS loiter and navigation:
    • support StereoLabs ZED camera (visual odometry) (wiki22)
    • support Pozyx beacons (wiki11)
  • Object avoidance:Precision Loiter using IR-Lock (wiki18)
    • normal (i.e. non 360deg) range finders supported (video27)
    • simple object avoidance in AltHold mode (wiki22)
  • Pixracer10 improvements:Solo supported (we recommend upgrading flight controller to a Green Cube23 from a HEX reseller8)
    • ESC calibration fixes
    • board LEDs now work

More information on Arducopter 3.5 can be found here.

Copter  now also supports the Solo, a first. Detailed information can be found here: The Solo Lives on

Also stay tuned for the upcoming release of Arduplane 3.8, whose list of new features and improvements promises to be just as impressive as those of its Copter sidekick!