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M500 Quickstart

How to get started with M500

Required Materials

To follow this user guide, you’ll need the following:

  • Spektrum Transmitter
    • e.g. SPMR6655, SPM8000 or SPMR8000
    • Any Spektrum transmitter with DSMX/DSM2 compatibility will likely work
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  • LiPo 4S battery with XT60 connector
  • Host computer with:
    • QGroundControl 3.5.6+
    • Wi-Fi
    • a terminal program

What’s in the Box

Included in the box are:

  • VOXL m500 with Spektrum Reciever (note: the system supports FrSky receivers like X8R, see below)
  • 10” props
  • USB-to-JST Cable (not used in this guide)
  • Spare landing gear mounting screws


M500 Demos

M500 LTE Control Demo

How to control M500 over LTE, Instructions

M500 GPS to Vision Transition for GPS-denied Navigation

How to transition to vision-based, GPS-denied Navigation

M500 Hover While Being Pushed Around with no GPS

How to hover in place in a GPS-denied environment using only Visual Inertial Odometry.

M500 Camera Gimbal Demo

Demo of M500’s optional Camera Gimbal

M500 MAVROS Demo