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


All available here



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  • 100KM

    I never use RTS and CTS on the RDF900s - it can operate without - I'm sure it fully compatible.

  • So are the RFD 900 series modems incompatable?

  • I second this.  From what I gather, the mini lacks RTS ands CTS pins.

  • Has anyone figured out how to connect the RFdesigns 900+ modems to the Mini?   The pinouts appear incompatible.

  • Developer

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

    Hope that helps :)

  • I am using arducopter 3.5 rc1. Loaded it with mission planner. While the software is in beta I have no problem with it yet. Getting ready to do some more testing on my hexacopter x this weekend.
  • 3D Robotics

    Hi Colin, I'll have a team member reach out to you today and work with you and your team.  

  • I tried both to no avail.

  • 3D Robotics

    Colin, sorry to hear about your problems. Pixhawk Mini is just for the PX4 software -- is that what you're using? (As far as I know the APM team has not released support for it yet). We haven't had any other reports of problems with PX4 (there are thousands in use). 

    As for customer support, if you can PM me your order number I'll escalate ASAP and make sure we sort this out. 

  • Do not buy the Pixhawk Mini. In MP you are unable to calibrate the accelerometers, same goes for QGroundControl along with it squawking about a missing l3gd20 along with a host of other stuff. We have tried all of the available firmware on 6 different Minis we received in the last 2 weeks from the most recently available beta back to around the time "support" was added for the Mini ending in the same result. In typical fashion 3DR is MIA for support and or returns.

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