3D Robotics

New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini


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


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  • Where do I find the schematics for this version?


  • Maciej

    Sorry to hear about your dilemma.

    I too bought a Pixhawk mini and ran into a similar problem. In my case, I need the second TELEM port to connect to a companion computer (ie, Raspberry Pi), but I was unaware it only had one TELEM port, which is already used for telemetry.  Only the regular Pixhawk or some of its derivatives has TELEM1 and TELEM2.  So like you I bought the mini thinking it had all the ports of the standard, but it lacks the full expandability of its bigger brother. 

    I think you'll have to bite the bullet and buy the standard unit.  I personally think the PHM has limited usefulness.

    And I second the motion to use the Pixhawks coming from mRobotics. I just bought 2 of their limited edition kits.

    Good luck,


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  • Well, I presume from this silence, that ADC port in 3DR Pixhawk Mini is just exaggerated claim thanks to which I've lost time and money. At least I've learned what not to buy in the future and what not to recommend to others.

    Money well wasted.

  • I am upgrading my plane from old APM board to Pixhawk.

    I bought 3DR Pixhawk Mini instead of full size Pixhawk because in product description it states that it does have ADC port, which I need for my analog airspeed sensor.

    Well, I've spent half a day looking for this ADC port and studying any documentation I could find either printed or online and I found nothing.

    So does 3DR Pixhawk Mini have ADC port as described in product specs or not ?

  • 3D Robotics

    1) Yes, you can use the USB port to communicate with the Pi. In this case, the Pi is the USB host and the PHM is the USB client. Set com speed to 115k. 

    2) Not easily

  • I'm new in here, but need some help.  Building a F550 flamewheel hex, and selected the PH mini.  Also want to use companion (Raspberry Pi zero W) for flight control.  Two questions:

    1) once I use up the TELEM port for telemetry, how do I communicate with the RPi?  Can I use the micro USB?  What's involved in doing this?

    2) The RPiz-w has built in Wi-Fi.  Can this somehow be used to provide communications to the PH mini?

    I need all the help I can get so any advice from this group will be helpful.



  • Is it really true that AC 3.5 works on mini using Mission Planner. I have been having a bear of a time setting one up with PX4 and QGC. I would be more comfortable using MP. 

    >Comment by Bill Bonney on February 9, 2017 at 5:00pm

    >PX4 Mini is supported as David is stating on Ardupilot FW beta releases, ArduCopter 3.5-rc1+ & Plane 3.8.0-beta2.

  • i need to install a air speed analog what I have  ...

  • Hein du Plessis, do you discovered where are the adc pins out?

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