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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The Pix2 is automatically controlled by the spider? ;)

Yep :) lol

Great work Philip!

Can't wait to see it. Not a big deal but I wonder if it should be called Pixhawk Cube instead as 3dr does have a Pix2 albeit only for themselves it seems :[  But whatever it's called thats awesome!

re- DDF-17... are these easier to remove that the ones on the 3DR Pixhawk? 

re- remove most of your wiring ...... GREAT!!!! I am a firm believer than many of the DIY issues people have are related to bad wires and or connections!  The worst part too is it can be an intermittent thing which then can be a real nightmare to figure out. Seems like that will also have the advantage of less EMF potential or at least easier to consolidate. 

BTW I'd be happy to test one free of charge  LOL 

Did you open the image RK?....DF 17 looks dangerous to remove :O

Hi Philip,

Thanks for the detailed description. I learned a lot from your description.



Guess he's the pilot :] 

Hi Phillip

congrats on this product, I will be very interested in this if everything works as expected. put my name down please.


This is the Pixhawk 2, we have had to change manufacturer as 3DR do not wish to sell these stand alone. I am the designer of the version of the Pixhawk 2 that is in Solo.

We actually would have preferred to go with the 3DR manufactured version, but as 3DR refused to sell them separately to the SOLO, I was left with no choice but to find a new manufacturer.

This is the Pixhawk 2

The DF 17 is shown here, this allows the Pixhawk 2 to connect to any custom carrier board.

Hi Philip,

a very ingenious way to allow for multiple custom configurations.



I totally understand your reasoning for calling it the Pixhawk 2, but from a branding and enduser perspective, I would really consider calling it something different. After all, it is going to be different from the version that is in the Solo. It will have different sensors at the least, right? And it won't be sold by 3DR. (Don't under estimate the significance of this.)  Moving away from 3DR warrants a different name because, right or wrong, the name "Pixhawk 2" is very much tied to 3DR and Solo. This could be a good opportunity to differentiate a new product and a new company. I would go as far as to even suggest dropping Pixhawk, but keep the connection by using "Pix". Maybe "PixQube". And the mini version could be called the "Pixi". To you, 3DR may not "own" the name Pixhawk (Lorenz Meier does), but to the market, they absolutely own the name. --- Just a little unsolicited advice. Feel free to ignore. :)

edit: I guess I could also see this as an opportunity to steal the name "Pixhawk" back from 3DR. Regardless, it still should be called something other than what is in the Solo.


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