The APM 2.6 was the culmination of the original line of APM autopilots. It was--and continues to be--an excellent introductory autopilot capable of commanding all kinds of autonomous crafts, from multicopters to rovers to sailboats.
Note: APM 2.6 is compatible with APM:Copter 3.2 and earlier only. To use APM:Copter version 3.3 and later, please purchase a Pixhawk. APM:Plane and APM:Rover offer full support for APM 2.6 in all existing releases.
Documentation and User Guides
- Arduino Compatible!
- Includes 3-axis gyro, accelerometer and high-performance barometer
- Onboard 4 MegaByte Dataflash chip for automatic datalogging
- One of the first open-source autopilot systems to use Invensense's 6 DoF Accelerometer/Gyro MPU-6000.
- Barometric pressure sensor upgraded to MS5611-01BA03, from Measurement Specialties.
- Atmel's ATMEGA2560 and ATMEGA32U-2 chips for processing and usb functions respectively.
APM schematic diagram
APM board layout
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Released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International License
Designed by 3D Robotics Inc.
- APM 2.6 requires a GPS unit with an onboard compass or an external compass module for full autonomy. If you are using APM 2.6 with a GPS module that does not have a compass sensor, you must use a stand-alone external compass.
- This unit is not sold with a power module or cables; those will need to be purchased separately.