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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Oh I gotcha... well then heck yea after all it IS the pix2!  Right from the horses mouth so to speak. 

Hi Philip,

My only question is: with pins so tiny, is that connector reliable enough for the job as to always have solid pin contact?

It's going to be used on all sorts of airframes, some with heavy vibrations, some after repeated crashes, sometimes in humid conditions, etc., and the last thing one would want later is streams of complaints of airframes dropping out of the sky due to bad contacts from loose or oxidized pins.

That's a really valid question!

The thing that is really good here, is that we have had the last 18 months of it being abused in Solo. The DF17 connector was specifically chosen for its vibration tolerance, and boy has that been tester to the max!

I trust the DF17 far more than the wired connectors that join the rest of the system together...

Is Pixhawk2 designed to use daughter board to share with companion board, such as Edison ?

Without share of the daughter board, it will not economical way for Pixhawk2 board configuration.

Yes, Edison is one option, and has already been done. The NVIDIA TX1 is another, and a carrier board for that will also be available soon.

Putting them all on the same carrier board is exactly how this is intended.

Would this be a direct replacement for the Solo as well??

Really looking forward to this. It's a major step up in autopilot design!

I think Pixracer is doing well and there is no need to add two new versions. I mean the bigger version of Pixhawk 2 is going to be enough. So community could have few versions to concentrate on.

Thx for providing some info on the future of Pixhawk as it is very very unclear and confused right now ! 

Due to what appears to be a major political and strategy changes from 3DR. I dare also say we hear a contradictory information from 3DR as Chris Anderson wrote himself on this diydrones that 3DR will continue producing and selling Pixhawk, etc.

So what is going on ? Will 3DR continue selling/produce Pixhawk(2)? Who owns what about Pixhawk ? Is Pixhawk open source hardware as I thought it was and designed by ETH (I hear now that "Philip Rowse" is the designer ? Who are you Philip : an individual diy maker, affiliated to some interest or company? please, a full disclosure would be appreciated)

Side question : does this mean you will stop producing or replace the recently announced Pixracer with a future stripped down pixhawk2 version ?

Really, I believe 75.000 members of diydrones deserve some open and transparent communication of what is happening behind the scene with and between major actors, namely 3DR, dronecode foundation. We need to have a clear roadmap and lifecyle planning of all of the versions/variants of the Pixhawk flight controller. 

You're saying you were working for 3DR and you're not sponsored anymore. You're not alone apparently (cf Robert's post, etc) : we thus also need a clear positionning of major/critical people for this community since 3DR stopped active support of this DIY community (by stopping sponsoring key people and stopping production of key hardware drone components such as 3DR radios and Pixhawk, if I understood right),  like Randy, Craig, Robert, Tridge, etc...

'Not sure the community "deserves" anything (I don't really think anybody "deserves" anything though...we deserve what we're capable of getting, nothing more - life isn't fair and I'm fine with that)...  Sure it'd be easier to navigate and plan if everyone were 100% transparent with all future anticipated commercial endeavors, but that's not the world we live in.  I for one am super stoked that there's as much transparency as there is...I don't know of any other "fledgling" industry built off the backs of such open communication and it's refreshing.

That being said.... I think the real question isn't "what", but rather "when" is Pixhawk2? :)


As Chris A has stated, 3DR will continue selling the Pixhawk1 as they appear to be doing on the 3DR website. However Chris A has stated that presently they will not make the 3DR version of the Pixhawk2 available for sale to the DIY community.

The Pixhawk2 is Open Source/Hardware and as Philip has stated, it belongs to the community.



Hi Hugues,
Who am I... Good question, though I don't tend to code, I have been part of the core Dev team on Ardupilot for nearly 4 years, most Tuesday's I do the notes for the development team weekly calls. I have worked on Ardupilot and PX4 hardware back to mods on the APM2.6.2 (identified and fixed the level shifter issue) I started The PXF project, (which ERLE Robotics have continued) and well over two years ago, started on the Pixhawk 2 PX4 / Ardupilot cooperative project. Pixhawk 2 was always intended for release to the general public.

With the design of Solo, they went for Pixhawk 2 as the Autopilot. This unfortunately delayed the ability of our team to release this to the public.

What people failed to realise, is I joined Ardupilot and PX4 to support the community, not a corporate entity.

Regarding PixRacer... It is awesome work by AUAV, Both products will be equally supported by the team. And Both PixRacer and Pixhawk 2 will be directly contributing to the team.

Phillip K and myself are both part of the PX4 hardware group and 100% support each other... That being said there is room for different platforms, Pixhawk 2 is not a 1 solution for all problems. There is also the upcoming QFlight, and other systems out there...

Regarding supported Devs... There have been up to 20 supported Devs in the team, but now we are down to two.... That is OK! As a team, we are finding other ways to fund ourselves. And companies that use Ardupilot are starting to step up and "adopt a Dev"

But we are well off topic here.

As far as who Pixhawk is? Lorenz owns The Pixhawk name, I designed Pixhawk 2 as part of the PX4 Team. And I own the copyright to my drawings of Pixhawk 2, which are licensed under the Cc-BY-SA 3.0 agreement.


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