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 Stephen Gloor on October 29, 2016 at 3:31am

@Hein du Plessis I guess the confusing thing is that 3DR let go all the hardware developers and become a software company then release new hardware??????

This just seems to be sending the message that the company is confused and does not know where it is.  No-one is going to risk buying anything from 3DR when a couple of months down the track they reinvent themselves again.

BTW how is the I2C breakout different?

Comment by Andrew Tridgell on October 29, 2016 at 3:54am


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.

Unfortunately I can't tell you if it will work or not. I have been waiting for 3DR to send me one of these for months but it has never turned up. Brandon Basso told me a few times that he was going to send me one.

I did try and add support for it without actually having one, just going by the description of the sensors and a patch from Jon from before he left 3DR. Brandon tested my patch in early August and told me it didn't work. He thought that sending me one would be the easiest way to get support added. I reminded him a few times but never received one. I think Brandon may have moved on from 3DR now.

Without schematics or a sample board adding support for a new autopilot board is pretty tricky.

It is probably a tiny patch to make ArduPilot work. I would be happy to try a few guesses as to what is wrong and do some test builds for someone if they would like to work with me remotely to add support.

Cheers, Tridge

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 29, 2016 at 5:08am

Gary,  In all fairness, it is not correct to call this a Pixhawk Clone.  It is a Derivative.

Hein, the I2C breakout is nothing new.  I have a bag of them, used to get one with every Pixhawk.

3DR are not innovating.  Nor are they creating quality UAV components.  They are buying a system engineered and built in China, and rebranding it. That's it. 3DR does not have the internal capacity to do any of this anymore.  Maybe you've missed it but they have gone from about 300 people to about 20.

Comment by Stephen Gloor on October 29, 2016 at 5:19am

@Tridge - so this will not work with ArduPilot?

Comment by Ravi on October 29, 2016 at 5:20am

we must all understand that it is very hard to fight Chinese products. they copy anything with a matter of weeks and specially electronic PCBs. it is tough for any country in the world let alone be USA. the main reason is that there currency is artificially controlled against USD. fighting against Chinese copy cats become matter of survival. Under the current economic scenario it is a business wise good decision. A version of it can still be manufactured in USA and I am sure people would love to buy something made in USA and would be willing to pay a premium for the USA tag.

Comment by Ravi on October 29, 2016 at 5:25am

3DR is a premium brand and Hobbyking would love to have a product with 3DR branding. 3DR should charge a good premium for branding. should use that money for developing APM code new products and maintain the blog.

Comment by Hein du Plessis on October 29, 2016 at 5:29am

Stephen / Rob, I'm aware of their radical restructuring, but one can hope that this is a turn into a bright new direction. Almost electronics are made in China, but that's not to say all Chinese electronics are the same. Quality varies hugely and most are more comfortable with the 3DR brand.

Comment by Marc Dornan on October 29, 2016 at 7:14am
@Tridge. Thanks for the clarification. You are a gentleman to be sure. I think we should wait until you chaps actually have some of these. It does boggle the mind that you have not got a handful of them yet. Oh well. On another matter--do you have a Pix2. I assume that is all ok with Ardupilot. I am looking to order a few.
Comment by Marc Dornan on October 29, 2016 at 7:20am
@Ravi. You need to get up to speed with the relationship between 3DR and Ardupilot, or lack thereof.
Comment by Luc Maximilien on October 29, 2016 at 8:32am

@ Ravi , I do nt completely agree with you about impossibility to fight against chinese products.

Mikrokopter is an example.

They continue to build and sell their products.

They are expensive but good quality.

The same for other manufacturer of Pixhawk clones/derivates , as french Drotek .

Saving 100 $ or 200 $ on a copter where you mount an expensive camera or a Flir is only stupid .

So finally is still a mistery to me  why 3DR drop the hardware market  where they raised over 10 milions $  if what Forbes wrote is correct.


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