3DR Pixhawk 32-Bit Autopilot System for Autonomous Vehicles

3DR Pixhawk 32-Bit Autopilot System for Autonomous Vehicles

3DR Pixhawk 32-Bit Autopilot System for Autonomous Vehicles

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3DR Pixhawk 32-Bit Autopilot System for Autonomous Vehicles

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Product Highlights

  • PPM, Futaba S.BUS, and Spektrum Support
  • 32-Bit ARM-Based CPU
  • NuttX Real-Time Operating System
  • 14 PWM / Servo Outputs
  • PPM and Futaba S.BUS Support
  • Two CAN-Bus Ports
  • Integrated Backup System
  • Redundant Power Supply Inputs
  • Multi-Tone Piezo Audio Indicator
  • Unix-Like Environment for Developers
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  • 1Description

The Pixhawk 32-Bit Autopilot System for Autonomous Vehicles from 3D Robotics is essentially a very specialized computer that provides flight control for autonomous RC aircraft such as quadcopters. It features a 32-bit ARM-based CPU and the software it uses features a Unix-like development environment, allowing programmers to create the exact customizations a particular application requires.

Pixhawk is a PPM-input autopilot, which means that it gets RC input from a single cable to the receiver, either via the PPM port, the Futaba S.BUS port, or the special satellite receiver port for Spektrum gear. Most modern RC receivers allow for PPM output, but some, such as non-S.BUS Futaba receivers, do not. If your receiver does not support PPM output, you will also need a separately available PPM encoder board.

Technology designed as part of the PX4 open-hardware project and manufactured by 3D Robotics - featuring processor and sensor technology from ST Microelectronics and a NuttX real-time operating system
Software features include multithreading, a Unix/Linux-like programming environment, autopilot functions such as Lua scripting of missions and flight behavior, and a custom PX4 driver layer designed to ensure tight timing across all processes
Supports a range of separately available peripherals , including a PPM encoder, airspeed sensor, a telemetry radio an external multi-color LED indicator, and an external magnetometer - all peripherals are automatically detected and configured
14 PWM/servo outputs - 8 with failsafe and manual override, 6 auxiliary, high-power compatible
Integrated backup system for in-flight recovery and manual override with dedicated processor and stand-alone power supply
Backup system integrates mixing, providing consistent autopilot and manual override mixing modes
Redundant power supply inputs and automatic failover
External safety button for easy motor activation
A microSD card is included for long-time, high-rate logging
High-power, multi-tone piezo audio indicator
In the Box
3DR Pixhawk 32-Bit Autopilot System for Autonomous Vehicles
  • Buzzer
  • Safety Switch Button
  • 3DR Power Module
  • 2 x 6-Position Cable for Compass
  • Micro USB Cable
  • MicroSD Memory Card with Adapter
  • Mounting Foam
  • 3-Wire Servo Cable
  • I2C Splitter Module with Cable
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    CPU 32-bit STM32F427 Cortex M4 core with FPU
    32-bit STM32F103 failsafe co-processor
    RAM 168 MHz, 256 KB RAM
    Storage Internal: 2 MB
    Memory Card: MicroSD
    Sensors ST Micro L3GD20 3-axis, 16-bit gyroscope
    ST Micro LSM303D 3-axis, 14-bit accelerometer/magnetometer
    Invensense MPU 6000 3-axis accelerometer/gyroscope
    MEAS MS5611 barometer
    Connectivity 5 x UART (serial ports); 1 x high-power capable, 2 x with HW flow control
    2 x CAN-bus ports
    1 x Spektrum DSM/DSM2/DSMX Satellite compatible input (up to DX8; DX9 and above not supported)
    1 x Futaba S.BUS compatible input/output
    1 x PPM sum signal port
    1 x RSSI (PWM or voltage) input
    1 x I2C
    1 x SPI
    1 x Micro-USB
    Power System Ideal diode controller with automatic failover
    Servo rail high-power (7 VDC) and high-current ready
    Protections All peripheral outputs over-current protected
    All inputs ESD protected
    Power Requirements 3.3 or 6.6 VDC
    Dimensions 2 x 0.6 x 3.2" / 50 x 15.5 x 81.5 mm
    Weight 1.3 oz / 38 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 4.1 x 2.1"

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