The worlds most advanced open source autopilot

ArduPilot is the most advanced, full-featured and reliable open source autopilot software available. It is the only autopilot software capable of controlling any vehicle system imaginable, from conventional airplanes, multirotors, and helicopters, to rovers and boats and even submarines. Most recently it has been expanded to support new emerging vehicle types including quad-planes, compound helicopters, tilt-rotors and tilt wings VTOLs.

ArduPilot runs natively on a wide variety of hardware platforms from the very popular Pixhawk flight controller (32bit ARM) to the advanced Intel Aero linux flight controller (see full list here:

The ArduPilot team is lead by an experienced group of passionate and world class developers from all over the world with expertise in Extended Kalman Filters, control theory, embedded programming, Linux and much more.

A welcoming and friendly group of developers that is happy to share their knowledge with you but also with too many interesting projects to complete on their own. An engaged group of partner companies provides the hardware and financial support for the group. They could use your help!

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  • Rajat Singhal
    AirSim Simulator Support for Ardupilot SITL
    AirSim is an open-source, cross-platform simulator for drones and cars, built on Unreal 3D Engine. It provides physically and visually realistic...
  • Matthew Kear
    Development of Autonomous Autorotations for Traditional Helicopters
    My primary goal is to develop autonomous autorotation capability for traditional helicopters running ArduPilot. The ability to autonomously detect a...
  • Peter Hall
    Further Development of Rover Sailboat Support
    For this GSoC project I propose to expand rover's sailboat functionality, allowing it to move from 'that's cool' to something that can do useful...
  • Nguyen Hoang Thien
    Integration of ArduPilot and VIO tracking camera for GPS-less localization and navigation
    In this proposal, I would like to contribute new functionalities to the ArduPilot codebase to better utilize VIO tracking camera data for accurate...
  • Akshath Singhal
    MAVProxy GUI and module development
    While MAVProxy serves as a fully-functional cross-platform portable ground control station software, the system lacks the presence of a Graphical...