Arsov RC Technology

ARSOV UAV board V1.1


The ARSOV UAV Board is based on UAV DEV Boards UDB3 and UDB4 and MatrixPilot firmware, developed by Bill Premerlani , Ben Levitt and Peter Hollands. It is an IMU-based development platform for building controllers for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. UAV code that runs on this board, allow it to stabilize an airplane, maintain altitude, and navigate to specific locations, or fly back to the launch site.

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Hardware Specifications

The ARSOV UAV DEV Board comes with a dsPIC30F4011 CPU, a Freescale MMA7361L three axis accelerometer, one dual-XY axes Inversense IDG500 and one single-Z axis Invensense ISZ500 gyroscopes, already soldered as shown in the picture. It’s weight is just 11.38g.

ARSOV UAV board ( rev 1.1 ):

IMU board:

With the addition of a GPS receiver, it can be used to develop a UAV controller for an RC  plane, xkopter, car or boat. All firmware versions are compatible with the EM406A GPS. The new MatrixPilot firmware can also use MediaTek MT3329 GPS .

Example with EM406A:

In addition you have 5 inputs from your receiver, 5 outputs to your servo, one serial connector ( +Vcc, Rx, Tx, GND ), one ICSP connector for programming the board, RESET button and 2 status LEDs.


ARSOV UAV Board features include:

  • Can be used for an autonomous aircraft, car or boat.
  • Built-in hardware failsafe to transfer control from the RC system to the autopilot and back again.
  • Multiple 3D waypoints (limited only by memory)
  • Altitude controlled with the elevator and throttle
  • Comes with a 6-pin GPS connector for the 10Hz MediaTEK MT3329  or 1hz EM406 GPS modules.
  • Supports addition of wireless modules for real-time telemetry
  • Based on a Microchip’s dsPIC30F4011 processor
  • Very small and light: 30mm x 47mm and only 11.38g.
  • Power supply – between 5V and 6Vmax.
  • Can be powered by either the RC receiver or a separate battery
  • Four RC-in channels (plus the autopilot on/off channel) can be processed by the autopilot. Autopilot can also control six channels out.
  • LEDs for power, failsafe (on/off), status and GPS (satellite lock).


What you need to make a fully-functional autopilot:

Recommended UAV planes:

Airframe option one: CloudsFly . This is an inexpensive, good flying trainer with ailerons.

Airframe option two : Bixler

And of course – my favorite: EagleWing

You’ll also need:

  • A six or more channel RC transmitter and receiver, with at least one toggle switch (ideally three-position but two-position will work, too), such as the Turnigy 9x.
  • Some servos (at least three ).