A tiny drone for research, education and fun

ArduBee is a small drone for research and education. We launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce this tiny quadcopter. ArduBee is based on the well–known ArduPilot open–source project.

ArduBee KickStarter campaign is open, back ArduBee now to receive it starting from this December.

This is an excellent 3” platform to enable everyone to start working fast on the more advanced ArduPilot capabilities. We selected the best components available, optimized them at our best and manufactured in the finest single module, as small and light as possible.

ArduBee prototypes

On board:

  • MCU 32-bit STM32H743VIT6 Cortex M7
  • 4xBlHeli32 Esc with telemetry, individual motor’s RPM and current 
  • DSHOT 1200 flying every day with ArduCopter, hardware compatible up to 2400 
  • WiFi ESP8266 for ArduPilot telemetry 
  • SD card slot for log and Lua scripting
  • IMU, barometer, compass
  • downward facing rangefinder for low altitude height above ground measurements 
  • SBus RC receiver connector

We aim to improve the development in this small class size and creating new opportunities with a platform ready for swarm robotics research and new applications. 

The other main goal is to support and innovate the educational sector, using tiny ArduBee to teach and learn robotics, hardware, software and science with the open and robust ArduPilot’s environment.

ArduBee add-ons

We are finishing the development of several add-on boards:

  • external camera
  • 8 rangefinder module for easy collision avoidance
  • propeller guards
  • GPS module
  • optical flow sensor
  • indoor positioning with UWB suitable for single and swarm
  • RGB LEDs board
  • Breadboard with connectors for I2C, CAN, SPI, servo signals and power supply

Support ArduBee project

The heart of this initiative is to give quality tools to the community, the final design is not yet closed and we ask your support to bring it to life.