The wait is over! We are proud to introduce the next generation 3DR autopilot, Pixhawk Mini. Pixhawk Mini is an upgraded Pixhawk designed in collaboration with HobbyKing and optimized to run the Dronecode PX4 firmware stack and QGroundControl multi-platform ground station (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS).

For just $199, Pixhawk Mini includes autopilot, GPS, and all the cables and connectors needed to get started building DIY quads, planes, rovers, and boats.

What's improved over Pixhawk 1?

  • One third the size--dimensions reduced from 50 mm x 81.5 mm x15.5 mm to 38 mm x 43 mm x 12 mm. Smaller airframes can now operate autonomously without making sacrifices for the Pixhawk footprint.

  • Rev 3 STM32 processor allow for full utilization of 2MB flash memory. Pixhawk Mini operates at only 50% compute capacity, 40 percentage points lower than the original Pixhawk. There is significantly more overhead available to run custom code.

  • Improved sensors, including both primary and secondary IMU (MPU9250 and ICM20608, respectively), lead to much better vibration handling and increased reliability.

  • GPS module included--Neo M8N with quad-constellation support and upgraded HMC5983 compass.

  • Micro JST connectors replace DF-13. We can all breath a sigh of relief.

  • Integrated piezo speaker and safety switch

What's improved over Pixfalcon?

  • Again, improved sensors, including both primary and secondary IMU (MPU9250 and ICM20608 respectively) for much better vibration handling and increased reliability.

  • Dedicated CAN port for UAVCAN applications.

  • Includes 8-channel servo output board for planes and other vehicles requiring powered PWM output.

  • Includes I2C breakout board for a total of 5 I2C connections.

Pixhawk Mini features an advanced processor and sensor technology from ST Microelectronics® and a NuttX real-time operating system, delivering incredible performance, flexibility, and reliability for controlling any autonomous vehicle.


  • Main Processor: STM32F427 Rev 3

  • IO Processor: STM32F103

  • Accel/Gyro/Mag: MPU9250

  • Accel/Gyro: ICM20608

  • Barometer: MS5611

  • Dimensions: 38x43x12mm

  • Weight: 15.8g

GPS Module: ublox Neo-M8N GPS/GLONASS receiver; integrated magnetometer HMC5983

  • Dimensions: 37x37x12mm

  • Weight: 22.4g


  • 1 x UART Serial Port (for GPS)

  • Spektrum DSM/DSM2/DSM-X® Satellite Compatible RC input

  • Futaba S BUS® Compatible RC input

  • PPM Sum Signal RC Input

  • I2C (for digital sensors)

  • CAN (for digital motor control with compatible controllers)

  • ADC (for analog sensors)

  • Micro USB Port

What’s Included?

  • Pixhawk Mini Flight Controller

  • GPS with uBlox M8N module with  

    • Concurrent reception of up to 3 GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou)

    • Industry leading –167 dBm navigation sensitivity

    • Security and integrity protection

    • Supports all satellite augmentation systems

    • Advanced jamming and spoofing detection

    • Product variants to meet performance and cost requirements

    • Backward compatible with NEO‑7 and NEO‑6 families

  • Integrated Power Module (up to 6s batteries) and power distribution board for quadcopters

  • 8-channel servo output board for planes and other vehicles requiring powered PWM output.

  • Cables

    • 4 pin I2C cable and breakout board

    • 6 pin GPS+Compass cable

    • 6 to 6/4 ‘Y’ adapter for additional I2C devices

    • 4 JST to 6 DF13 cable for legacy telemetry radios

    • External safety switch cable

    • RCIN cable for PPM/SBUS input

    • 8 channel RC output cable

    • 6 pin power cable for included Power Distribution Board


All available here


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Comment by Robert Palmer on October 28, 2016 at 5:58pm

Hang on... 3DR abandoned the DIY market and now they want us back?  No thanks.  I'm not going to risk another policy changed where we get dumped again...

Comment by Luc Maximilien on October 28, 2016 at 6:36pm

Telemetry data on Frsky radio display , IMO, is fundamental .
So for me an autopilot without two UARTS like the original Pixhawk or native Frsky telemetry  is useless .

Comment by Gary McCray on October 28, 2016 at 8:21pm

All in all, the Pixhawk Mini seems a moderately interesting Pixhawk clone.


1. It is not at all clear that a (slightly) upgraded Pixfalcon made by Hobbyking is going to be a reliable platform, there have been previous issues which strongly suggest other wise.

2. It does not appear to have the integrity or in depth additional capabilities as found in the Pixhawk 2 - Cube, VR Brain or Ehrle brain (Which do not cost significantly more).

3. It actually seems like if you want a small form factor Pixhawk, the Pixracer (or two or three of them) might often be a better investment than the considerably more expensive PixHawk Mini.

My biggest problem is that it looks to me like you get more bang and integrity for your buck almost anywhere other than the Pixhawk Mini - possibly even with the original much cheaper Pixfalcon.

And of course there are both the Intel Flight controller and the Nvidia TX1 based Teal quadcopter and the advanced TK1 based Ehrle Brain Pro flight controller if you seriously want to go over to the high end ROS (3D vision / navigation) camp.

The TX1 Teal hasn't been released yet, but the specs are impressive with - supposedly - an electronically stabilized 4K camera. (which I will beleive when I see it, stabilizing 4K in roll is a very prodigious undertaking even for a TX1) https://tealdrones.com/

Honestly, I offer this as a challenge - Please prove me wrong or at least give a good case for it.

At this point, at best, it seems to me that the Pixhawk Mini offers a smaller form factor direct Chinese clone replacement for the original Pixhawk at about the same price.

But, if it's reliable (not yet proven) that might be a good thing.

As for the intimated improvements, I do seem to detect an undertone of marketing hyperbola or (MEH!)

The most interesting comments are those yet to be heard from Tridge and Randy.

Best regards,


Comment by Jerry Giant on October 28, 2016 at 10:34pm

If you guys seeing this as an irony of a losing entrepreneurship and losing integrity... I don't know why are you being so hard to a prominent editor.

Doing open source or any lean startup need so much commitment. A full spectrum of skills, from a globally view of industry to the tiny details of a line of code, or a size of soldering pad, all tech stuff you need to bring the solution. The harder part of it is to maintain the collaborative community and get everyone motivated. You will have to communicate and understand tech, people, market, market hypes, bring everything in right place, hoping everyone delivery their commit on time, plug the battery, without smoke!

This day, all you can read this, no matter you are lurking, trolling, supporting or paid-for commenting, all begin with a man's dream and his endeavor. No matter what you think you are lost, frustrated, mistreated, this is not all one person you could blame and being sarcasm could change your disappointment. I have to thank Chris for all the things he has brought to this world, now you need to respect.

Comment by Marc Dornan on October 28, 2016 at 11:45pm

@Jerry That is a fair point.

Some people may be disappointed and others merely confused. I am the latter. No, we do not need to automatically respect Chris Anderson. This is a site called DIYD and Chris has a done a poor job of explaining 3DR's place in the DIY world for a long time.

But maybe Chris could explain why his company spent so much effort on this and then walked away from it, only to launch a 3DR badged version of a Hobbyking-made Pixfalcon for the DIY market. I do not understand why both could not be sold by them. For me to buy into this I would need to get the assurance from Randy and Tridge that it works well and they would need to give it their approval. And 3DR would need to have a good RMA policy--otherwise why pay the premium?

I do not even understand why 3DR are offering this anyway as they are supposedly now a software company and there are so many other things on the market that offer the same features. It seems 2 years late.

Comment by Hein du Plessis on October 29, 2016 at 2:09am

This is exactly what a lot of us were asking for this last year. Now we have a 3DR guaranteed best of breed (IMO) mini hardware that has many improvements over the venerable Pixfalcon. When building a commercial machine, we all (and the clients) feel a bit more comfortable installing a 3DR brand rather than a Hobbyking.

This what I'd love 3DR to do (and what they're best at IMO) - continue to innovate and create quality UAV components while supporting and leveraging the open source initiatives.

Now we just need a MinimOSD 2.0 and a Lora telemetry unit !

Comment by Stephen Gloor on October 29, 2016 at 2:11am

Thanks @Marc - definitely waiting until the PixHawk2.

Keen to try the PixRacer with the PX4 stack though as QGroundControl looks really good the way it has a staged setup.  

Comment by Stephen Gloor on October 29, 2016 at 2:30am

@Hein du Plessis With all due respect as far as I can see the only 3DR thing in this product is the silkscreen logo on the top.

For me it does not seem that different from any of the products on Gearbest or Banggood just twice the price.

Perhaps you know something I don't however the BangGood clone I am using at the moment works fine and has worked fine for at least 18 months now.  The Navio+ I bought died after one crash and I have yet to try the PixRacer so I think all hardware manufacturers have problems.

Comment by Hein du Plessis on October 29, 2016 at 3:15am

Well it has better sensors (not that I found that lacking), but I particularly like the I2C breakout, so now I can have airspeed sensor and lidar on the mini architecture. My "clones" also work well, but there are always little problems like casings not fitting properly, stiff (non-silicon) cabling, zero response on email. It's also a brand thing. Clients tend to raise eyebrows when they open the canopy and read Fixhawk.

Anyway, for me it's a step in the right direction by 3DR - developing and selling components for the drone builders and resellers.

Comment by Hein du Plessis on October 29, 2016 at 3:23am

BTW - I've looked at the pixracer many times, but every time I'm put off by the limitation of 6 channels. This prevents installations were one need pan, tilt, zoom, steering, etc. I hate that sudden realisation that I can't have an option because I'm short of one channel.


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