Pixhawk being replaced with new version?

A major supplier of 3DR products here in the UK has just informed me that Pixhawk will not be re-stocked as it is being discontinued. I've heard similar rumblings elsewhere but then others say they are just false rumours. Any thoughts from anyone on this forum?

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  • Distributor

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    • MR60

      +Felix, you have a great shop in Europe. I might stock up on some more Pixhawk boards before they disappear.

      I'm worried that the overlap period is very (too) short between the leftover stock of Pixhawk board and the next so-called Pixhawk 2 that is promised to us for years now without a planning and without any design file publication (just teasing pictures). I have my doubts that when Pixhawk2 will come out it will be bug free; there will undoubtfully be a long required maturation period to iron out all of the issues users will find out in real use cases(just like it is now the case with Pixracer and its multiple hardware revisions and still not stable nor mature). Multiple hardware revisions will also be required for the new Pixhawk 2 to get something as well under control and as "well known" with its limitations as is the current Pixhawk1.

      I prefer to have a well known less capable Pixhawk1 in my ships, knowing exactly where are the limits and pitfalls rather than rush to a new hardware than is not tested as much apart from a few beta users.

      Therefore I believe it might be a good strategy to stock up on these Pixhawk1 boards, because soon people will chase them eagerly when tey'll realize they have to wait a long time still before getting a stable revision of the Pixhawk 2.

      Maybe I'm just being too pessimistic (or is it realistic), only future will tell.

    • Hugues,

      The PixHawk 2 is inside every Solo. It is hardly a first run product.
      The PixRacer has had 1 minor hardware revision since the production boards were released. I think you meant to say, the software issues for the PixRacer are being ironed out.

    • MR60

      I'm not interested in an built-in pixhawk2 in Solo, just the flight controller as a standalone component : that does not exist yet or am I wrong ? If it does not exist,  when it comes out, it will be a first run product.

      PixRacer has still some hardware issues, even if small ones, not only sw, as per the following thread http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/pixracer-with-ardupilot?id=705844...

    • I'll let Philip Rowse reply to the PixHawk 2 availability.

      I can only comment on the specifics of the PixRacer. If they had a hardware problem, I would expect to see the same problems with PX4 flightstack users. This is just not the case. Ardupilot support for the PixRacer is maturing, these issues will disappear. Obviously, if there is a defective part (which there will be), that can hardly be attributed to a flawed hardware design.

    • Confirm. I did around 90 batteries since february on my sample builds F450,Robocat 270 and Cheerson CX-20 mainly with PX4 and I didnt notice hardware issues. One demo of feb.


  • Hi Chris, if you don't mind,

    Over the past several months there has been much talk and plans of the Pixhawk 2 being released as a standalone autopilot for things other than the Solo.

    Has this been sidelined or abandoned?

    It sounds good that you will be making a new streamlined (consumer marketish) version, but the interesting stuff for us would have been the more capable version designed to work with auxiliary processors (that support 3D vision for instance).

    I know you guys are moving into new commercial territory, but DIYD is still primarily about innovation, not the status quo.

    Best Regards,


    • Developer
      I am still going ahead with organising the Pixhawk 2 Gary, this is a Dev team project now, and unrelated to 3DR. It is full featured and %100 software compatible with Pixhawk 1. In fact, it runs the EXACT same firmware!

      Significant proceeds from making Pixhawk 2 will go to fund the development team.
    • Well said Philip!

    • Moderator

      That's code for this will be the place to buy from to ensure development for all ;-)

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