Pixhawk 2 is a small cube, with a 38.5mm square footprint.

All connection to the cube is via a DF17 connector coming out the bottom of the cube.

This modularity allows for multiple form factors to suit multiple platforms.

For the stand alone market, it will be coming out in two form factors to start with, a "Full" configuration, and a "mini" configuration. The full will have connectors for everything, the kitchen sink.... While the mini is restricted to the bare essentials.

For RTF's or kit aircraft, I am working on a series of plug and fly systems, that allow you to remove most of your wiring from your aircraft, and take advantage of the easy to use modular structure.

The cube also has a massive quality advantage. Given that every single pin is available on the DF17 connection on the base, it allows complete factory full motion testing and calibration of each cube.

Pixhawk 2 is continuing to grow. When we release the Pixhawk 2 stand alone, it will be using the latest sensors available on the market, in a form factor that allows the ultimate in flexibility.

Please note. Pixhawk 2 Stand alone is NOT a 3DR product. It is a community driven product, designed by the community for the community.

A key requirement for my partner companies who will be making this will be active support of the community.

Looking forward to announcing more info soon!

Philip Rowse
Lead Systems Engineer

Lead EE on Pixhawk 2 PX4 and Ardupilot Dev team member
(formally 3DR sponsored)

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ok...when and where we will be able to get one?

Randy and Tridge?? what is going to be their future??? 

Philip; I much apreciate that two devs continue here, for me Pixhawk without devs, it's only a piece of nothing; Perhaps it's usefull to have a list in the forum from what controllers manufacturer are supporting devs so, in owr possibilities we can choose that ones, and, perhaps more manufacturers want to support devs to be in the list? Chinnese included. 

Sorry if i didn't get it but where do you connect servo cables from motors,is it thru same DF17 connector??

thank you very much for the information and pics on Pixhawk 2 - I am very much looking forward to it :-)

OT again… I can understand why 3dr decided not to support ALL the platforms. Trad heli, rover etc.. they don’t even sell those vehicle platforms! It’s really amazing they did at all. Not sure maybe they didn’t monetarily support all the platforms but surely they did some other than just copter. I get the idea they continue to support copter [ Randy and I hope he has some help ! ] which obviously is related to the solo. I have always been amazed at the professionalism of the Devs and the civility of the forum. Thanks Phillip for the details of who you are etc. Can’t wait to see more details of the Pixhawk 2!!! Good luck!! 

I completely agree with your statement of differentiate as product and company. Similar to the conflict that happened with Arduino not so long ago, they changed the name of the board to Genuino from the former name Arduino.

Would be great to not discuss how 3DR choose to run things, the Dev team remains strong, United and focused.

Hi Philip

Great to see you making progress on releasing the Pixhawk 2 platform and that the devs are on board to support it's success. Can't wait to get my hands a few, put me on the list please! ;-)

From what I can tell from the picture the DF17 connector does the cable connection, but is there the possibility to use the screw holes to physically secure the PXH2 to the breakout board? If so are there any considerations to be made to dampen/isolate the breakout board, or is this all taken care of in the PXH2 itself?

The next question is I suppose is what breakout boards will be available to accompany the PXH2 when it goes on sale, as many will not be able to use it without one. Ideally I'd like to see a small form factor one with limited IO for small quads etc, along with another full IO version. The optimal version would be one coupled directly to a companion computer to allow computer vision, wifi comms and video etc all from the same packaging. This will likely put it one step ahead of what is currently out there. Maybe one based around the recently released Odroid C0 might be a compact variation worth pursuing, or around the XU4 for more performance? (BTW I realise that PXF/Navio etc fill that area somewhat, but I prefer my FC separate) I think that's where the industry will be heading next, and Pixhawks success was mostly due to the fact it was both innovative, accessible and people were successfully using them for many different applications. 

I'd also like to see some new CAN based hardware become the norm for peripherals (like the CANESC from PX4 etc). I think there is an opportunity to set new "standards" for hardware that can be developed in that area which will significantly improve the reliability and functionality of such hardware. This will further reduce the "wiring" birdsnest and resulting issues.


I second these questions... What's the timing and how will the distribution be done? I understood production of the Pixhawk2s or whatever the name will be, did not start yet and development of the supporting boards is still ongoing? Am I correct?

Thx for the info and much clearer for me now.

Impatient to try pixhawk2...

How will all this be related to Arducopter? With Pixracer as I understand it, AC is not currently compatible, is that correct? What about AC/MP and P2?

While I'm looking forward to a P2, I'm also all in still with AC, am still learning the code after two years as it has changed significantly since 3.1.

Congratulations and thanks a lot Philip. Can you show us some pictures? Any estimates of when it will be available?.


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