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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 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

Interface

  • 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

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

All available here

 

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Comment by Olivier on October 29, 2016 at 8:49am

@Ravi, as Marks says. The days of 3DR championing and sponsoring APM/Ardupilot are over. May actually be worse than thatnow: Competition. See for instance the "optimized to run for DroneCodePX4" note with this flight controller, and apparently no 3DR gesture  whatsoever towards Ardupilot developers.

http://discuss.ardupilot.org/t/ardupilot-and-dronecode/11295

Comment by Gary McCray on October 29, 2016 at 10:18am

Hi Rob,

We have used "clone" to describe less than complete copies before, but I agree with you, technically it is a derivative because it does not contain all the IO of the Pixhawk.

However that is also true for many of the others that contain some different or even additional features which we have also been calling clones.

What they do share in common is the core operating components and much of the IO and at least the presumed expectancy of operation with ArduPilot / ArduCopter.

And Tridge, what you have said is very interesting, because it is clear that at present, the much vaunted 3DR improved Pixhawk replacement is not operating with ArduPilot / ArduCopter and that 3DR has been expressly complicit in preventing that.

I think it is safe to say at this time that the "Pixhawk Mini" is, in fact NOT a Pixhawk Clone or even Derivative because 3DR has made what to me seems to be an obvious and express effort to prevent it from running ArduPilot or ArduCopter by not providing either assistance or samples to the significant developers.

Interesting a Pixhawk that doesn't run ArduCopter or ArduPilot.

An anachronism!

Honestly, underhanded and shameful.

Comment by Rainer K. on October 29, 2016 at 10:45am

Hello chris Anderson

with this chess move they have decided the end of 3Dr. I can not believe 3DR and Hobbyking. That can not be good

Comment by Fnoop on October 29, 2016 at 11:42am

There are plenty of hardware manufacturers now that make and support their own higher quality Flight Controllers now, thankfully there is healthy choice out there.  Don't get who's going to buy hobbyking quality hardware at a premium price. 


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Comment by Andrew Tridgell on October 29, 2016 at 2:04pm

I think we should wait until you chaps actually have some of these.

I hope we will support it - I like to make ArduPilot support as wide a range of boards as possible. I'm sure the change to add support will be very small.

On another matter--do you have a Pix2. I assume that is all ok with Ardupilot. I am looking to order a few.

yes, I've been working closely with Philip on the Pixhawk2. I really like that he went to the considerable effort to get the 3D jig setup for the Pixhawk2 in the factory so every board is properly tested.

Cheers, Tridge

Comment by Marc Dornan on October 29, 2016 at 4:04pm
@Tridge- thanks for that. @Chris-unless you want to make this a PX4 only FC, why not send Tridge and Randy some? Is your tent so small now? This is not a way to win friends and influence. Lots of us are only too happy to give PX4 a whirl. Not likely to buy a PX4 only FC...even if the changes required are minimal.
Comment by Ernst Von Schmidt on October 29, 2016 at 4:08pm

It's amazing how "once bitten, twice shy" seems to be a forgotten proverb hereabouts. What are all the old-time high-powered developers doing, hanging around here? And why would any mere peasant whose loyalty was rewarded by being bitch-slapped still be here?  Too weakened by having every last bit of creativity sucked out of them to even make it to the door? And now we are to again support this would-be VC honeypot by becoming Hobby King customers, of all things? LOL! The best thing 3DR is providing these days is another sort of laugh every time we walk by the drone display at our local Best Buy and see the lonesome Solo beached there, like a dead mackerel washed up on a nasty, oily beach, unwanted at one-quarter of its former price, a symbol of a bunch of people who are now eating and pounding sand after outsmarting themselves ripping off an entire community. Meanwhile I'm happily awaiting delivery of a real drone, a DJI Mavic.    

Comment by Marc Dornan on October 29, 2016 at 4:22pm
Oh cmon Ernst. We hang out here because it is fun. When it ceases to be fun we will not. Probably important to remember that the real losers were 3DR investors and not the community, which is doing fine.
Comment by Ravi on October 29, 2016 at 6:01pm

all I am trying to say is whatever profit is raised by 3DR by branding of hardware should be used for R&D as it did before. I fully understand the relationship between 3DR and ardupilot. I really suggest that 3DR should keep manufacturing hardware even though it is sold at premium. high end user would love to buy drone electronics made in USA.

Comment by Ravi on October 29, 2016 at 6:01pm

all I am trying to say is whatever profit is raised by 3DR by branding of hardware should be used for R&D as it did before. I fully understand the relationship between 3DR and ardupilot. I really suggest that 3DR should keep manufacturing hardware even though it is sold at premium. high end user would love to buy drone electronics made in USA.

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