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ArduPilot Add-Ons

The best thing about a DIY drone (from a gift perspective) is that there are always opportunities to expand capabilities, make modifications and customize. In other words, it is ripe for future gifts ideas.

One cool upgrade is the 3DR Radio Telemetry Kit, $74.99

What it Does

In addition to wireless control, you may want to get sensor data back to your ground station. This is called telemetry.

Why it’s Cool

Provides about 1 mile range, so you can transmit data to the ground. This radio can be interfaced to the ArduPilot via a serial connection. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let’s Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site.
Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children’s Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.


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