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 DF17 is for electrical connection, the module is held to the carrier with 4 M1.6 screws

Hi Philip,

What is the length of the M1.6 screws as mine is unfortunately missing one.



Yours is supposed to be missing one :). You have an early prototype, and on that board, putting the fourth screw in caused stress on the 3rd IMU. This has been rectified for the stand alone version, and the versions built by 3DR for Solo
As soon as I have some useful info here, I will pass it on.

Hi Philip,

Do you ever sleep:-)

Thanks for the quick response, much appreciated and understood.

I did take the cube off and I am pretty sure that I put the screws back in the same position as they came out, however just to be safe could you please post a picture of the bottom of the carrier of where the forth screw is missing?



Glad to hear that my IRIS+ and X8+ will be able to be re-brained :D

thanks philip for you help

Maybe 3DR will change the name of their component allowing the mfgr to use the name Pixhawk.
3DR and Pixhawk are different, 3DR manufactured the Pixhawk 1 in a deal with the Pixhawk group.

We are continuing with Pixhawk 2, but just using a different manufacturer.

The question has been asked before, but... When do you think PH2 will be available? Are we talking about weeks, months? half a year? If I understood your communications correctly the last week, you are still in negociation with possible manufacturers?

Manufacturing sorted, finalising the drawings for them to send for quoting.

Very good news. I hope the govt will not ban it to export to other countries - like Pixhawk 1 some times ago.



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