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 28, 2016 at 4:39am

So is this the rebellion or the empire? :-)

Only the PX4 flight stack or will it run Arduplane/Copter firmware as well with Mission Planner?

Comment by Marc Dornan on October 28, 2016 at 4:40am
The successor to Pixhawk is Pixhawk 2. This is fine but does not advance things much.
Comment by Stephen Gloor on October 28, 2016 at 4:41am

Also had a chat at the Challenge with the developers of the PixHawk2 so I might just wait until that comes out to decide.  I can load both Ardu and PX4 on the PixRacer however the 8 outputs would be handy for the gliders I want to fly.

Comment by Marc Dornan on October 28, 2016 at 4:45am
One might add that is exemplifies the lack of ambition and engineering capacity of 3DR now. They have gone from an advanced UAV in Solo to a rebadged HK reseller.
Comment by Marc Dornan on October 28, 2016 at 5:17am
@Stephen. Yes the 8 outputs is a plus for this over Pixracer.
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 28, 2016 at 5:17am

Stephen, it can for sure run Ardupilot/Arducopter.  Chris just won't say that because PX4 is his new shiny thing he's promoting.

Chris, you claimed the new Pixhawk Mini would have 13 improvements over the Pixfalcon.  What are these?  I can see the IMU's are changed.  The peripherals you are including are not improvements to the Pixfalcon.  Those are just accessory inclusions.

So what are the other 11 improvements over the Pixfalcon?

The Rev 3 silicon is nothing new.  Just about every Pixhawk-compatible board for sale these days is using it.  And that includes mRobotic's revised board:


Comment by Marc Dornan on October 28, 2016 at 5:34am
@Rob I guess you could add the CAN port. Although there is not much support for this yet
Comment by Johnatan on October 28, 2016 at 5:35am

@Rob: What about IO processor? Does it make Pixhawk mini better than the Pixracer?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 28, 2016 at 6:09am

Yeah, Marc, there's that.  Though I'm not sure there's actually a hardware change for that.  That would still leave 10 improvements over the Pixfalcon, which Chris claimed on Monday.

Johnatan:  The IO processor is completely pointless multirotor.  Zero benefit at all, other than the extra couple of outputs (6 on Pixracer, 8 on Pixfalcon).  There is no safety benefit at all.  On an airplane, the pure RC-passthrough could help if the main processor crashes.  But I haven't heard any cases of that in a LONG time.  

IMO, both systems would benefit from SBUS output.  And it could be added to the Pixracer with some software changes to repurpose one of the UARTs.  I don't think the PixFalcon has exposed any of the extra UARTs, so it wouldn't be possible.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 28, 2016 at 6:13am

On Sunday, Gary asked what was different between the Pixfalcon, and the Pixhawk Mini.  Chris responded:

It's a new design with 20+ changes. Details coming in a few days

So what are the 20+ changes?  


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