The wait is over! We are proud to introduce the next generation 3DR autopilot, Pixhawk Mini. Pixhawk Mini is an upgraded Pixhawk designed in collaboration with HobbyKing and optimized to run the Dronecode PX4 firmware stack and QGroundControl multi-platform ground station (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS).

For just $199, Pixhawk Mini includes autopilot, GPS, and all the cables and connectors needed to get started building DIY quads, planes, rovers, and boats.

What's improved over Pixhawk 1?

  • One third the size--dimensions reduced from 50 mm x 81.5 mm x15.5 mm to 38 mm x 43 mm x 12 mm. Smaller airframes can now operate autonomously without making sacrifices for the Pixhawk footprint.

  • Rev 3 STM32 processor allow for full utilization of 2MB flash memory. Pixhawk Mini operates at only 50% compute capacity, 40 percentage points lower than the original Pixhawk. There is significantly more overhead available to run custom code.

  • Improved sensors, including both primary and secondary IMU (MPU9250 and ICM20608, respectively), lead to much better vibration handling and increased reliability.

  • GPS module included--Neo M8N with quad-constellation support and upgraded HMC5983 compass.

  • Micro JST connectors replace DF-13. We can all breath a sigh of relief.

  • Integrated piezo speaker and safety switch

What's improved over Pixfalcon?

  • Again, improved sensors, including both primary and secondary IMU (MPU9250 and ICM20608 respectively) for much better vibration handling and increased reliability.

  • Dedicated CAN port for UAVCAN applications.

  • Includes 8-channel servo output board for planes and other vehicles requiring powered PWM output.

  • Includes I2C breakout board for a total of 5 I2C connections.

Pixhawk Mini features an advanced processor and sensor technology from ST Microelectronics® and a NuttX real-time operating system, delivering incredible performance, flexibility, and reliability for controlling any autonomous vehicle.


  • Main Processor: STM32F427 Rev 3

  • IO Processor: STM32F103

  • Accel/Gyro/Mag: MPU9250

  • Accel/Gyro: ICM20608

  • Barometer: MS5611

  • Dimensions: 38x43x12mm

  • Weight: 15.8g

GPS Module: ublox Neo-M8N GPS/GLONASS receiver; integrated magnetometer HMC5983

  • Dimensions: 37x37x12mm

  • Weight: 22.4g


  • 1 x UART Serial Port (for GPS)

  • Spektrum DSM/DSM2/DSM-X® Satellite Compatible RC input

  • Futaba S BUS® Compatible RC input

  • PPM Sum Signal RC Input

  • I2C (for digital sensors)

  • CAN (for digital motor control with compatible controllers)

  • ADC (for analog sensors)

  • Micro USB Port

What’s Included?

  • Pixhawk Mini Flight Controller

  • GPS with uBlox M8N module with  

    • Concurrent reception of up to 3 GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou)

    • Industry leading –167 dBm navigation sensitivity

    • Security and integrity protection

    • Supports all satellite augmentation systems

    • Advanced jamming and spoofing detection

    • Product variants to meet performance and cost requirements

    • Backward compatible with NEO‑7 and NEO‑6 families

  • Integrated Power Module (up to 6s batteries) and power distribution board for quadcopters

  • 8-channel servo output board for planes and other vehicles requiring powered PWM output.

  • Cables

    • 4 pin I2C cable and breakout board

    • 6 pin GPS+Compass cable

    • 6 to 6/4 ‘Y’ adapter for additional I2C devices

    • 4 JST to 6 DF13 cable for legacy telemetry radios

    • External safety switch cable

    • RCIN cable for PPM/SBUS input

    • 8 channel RC output cable

    • 6 pin power cable for included Power Distribution Board


All available here


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Comment by Bill Isenberger on July 10, 2017 at 3:32am

Can the Pixhawk Mini be used to trigger a CHDK enabled camera? If so what is needed?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2017 at 7:14am
Comment by Bill Isenberger on July 10, 2017 at 8:07am

Thanks Chris, but that does not address the Pixhawk Mini specifically. I have used the method outlined here with an APM and it works perfectly.


Does the mini have an output for triggering the camera like the A9 pins on the APM or the AUX out pins on the Pixhawk?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2017 at 8:10am

You can use any of the RC out channels. The old APM A9 method has not been needed for years. 

Comment by Bill Isenberger on July 10, 2017 at 9:56am

Thanks for the info Chris.

Comment by Bill Isenberger on July 10, 2017 at 10:46am

Does the voltage on the RC out need to be stepped up from 3 volts to 5 volts like with the Pixhawk?

Comment by Marc MERLIN on Sunday

Can the power module really do 90A?

The documentation sometimes says it's 10S capable, and I've read elsewhere it's 6S. I only need 4S but I'm not sure if I can trust the amp rating. The current sensor shunt says 0M50 on it, and I'd love confirmation that running bursts of 80A through it will not burn the current sensor.

Never mind the sensor, I'm worried the circuit board can handle that much current...

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Comment by Chris Anderson on Sunday

The PM in the standard Pixhawk Mini kit is 6S. The 10S power module is an optional extra. 

Comment by Marc MERLIN on Sunday

Thanks Chris, but that was not my question :)

I need the amps rating, both for the current sensor and if the printed circuit board has a lower rating due to the lack of size on the copper traces from power in to power out, I'd need the lower one of the two.

Comment by Arbutus on Sunday

The quoted ratings for most small electronics in this hobby are usually very exaggerated.    The 14awg wire used for the 10S power module is normally considered suitable for up to 10 amps.  The XT60 connector is considered appropriate for up to 60 amps.  I cannot comment on the amount of copper on the board, but it is pretty minimal compared to the amount of copper in the wires.  Remember the system will fail at the weakest point.

Even 20 amps at 25v is enough to melt 16awg wire and 14awg will get very hot.

If you are looking for serious power components to properly handle the currents found in any large aircraft, the Mauch products may be a good solution. 


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