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Autopilots

  • Pixhawk 2.1
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    Pixhawk 2.1

    $ 199.00

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    Get started on your road to autonomy! This kit contains the following items

    1. The cube: the brains behind the operation
    2. A full carrier board
    3. 1 power brick (two power bricks can be used for redundant power.)
    4. Cable set that allows you to connect to your old Telemetry module, GPS, and sensors

    To take full advantage of the Pixhawk 2.1, please add the new GPS with built-in safety switch (available later).

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  • Pixhawk kit
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    Pixhawk kit

    $ 199.99 $ 180.00

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    The benefits of the Pixhawk system include integrated multithreading, a Unix/Linux-like programming environment, completely new autopilot functions such as sophisticated scripting of missions and flight behavior, and a custom PX4 driver layer ensuring tight timing across all processes. These advanced capabilities ensure that there are no limitations to your autonomous vehicle. Pixhawk allows existing APM and PX4 operators to seamlessly transition to this system and lowers the barriers to entry for new users to participate in the exciting world of autonomous vehicles.

    The flagship Pixhawk module is accompanied by new peripheral options, including a digital airspeed sensor, support for an external multi-color LED indicator and an external magnetometer. All peripherals are automatically detected and configured.

    Note: 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 (and all those sold by 3D Robotics) allow for PPM output, but some, such as non-S.BUS Futaba receivers, do not. If your receiver does not support PPM output, please add a PPM encoder to your order below.


    Pixhawk kit includes:

    • Pixhawk autopilot
    • Buzzer
    • Safety switch button
    • 3DR power module with XT60 connectors and 6-position connector cable
    • Extra 6-position cable to connect a 3DR GPS+Compass module
    • Micro USB cable
    • SD card
    • Mounting foam
    • 3-wire servo cable

    Features:

    • Advanced 32 bit ARM Cortex® M4 Processor running NuttX RTOS
    • 14 PWM/servo outputs (8 with failsafe and manual override, 6 auxiliary, high-power compatible)
    • Abundant connectivity options for additional peripherals (UART, I2C, CAN)
    • 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
    • Multicolor LED indicator
    • High-power, multi-tone piezo audio indicator
    • microSD card for high-rate logging

    Specifications:

    Microprocessor:

    • 32-bit STM32F427 Cortex M4 core with FPU
    • 168 MHz/256 KB RAM/2 MB Flash
    • 32 bit STM32F103 failsafe co-processor 

    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

    Interfaces:

    • 5x UART (serial ports), one high-power capable, 2x with HW flow control
    • 2x CAN
    • Spektrum DSM / DSM2 / DSM-X® Satellite compatible input up to DX8 (DX9 and above not supported)
    • Futaba S.BUS® compatible input and output
    • PPM sum signal
    • RSSI (PWM or voltage) input
    • I2
    • SPI
    • 3.3 and 6.6V ADC inputs
    • External microUSB port

    Power System:

    • Ideal diode controller with automatic failover
    • Servo rail high-power (7 V) and high-current ready
    • All peripheral outputs over-current protected, all inputs ESD protected

    Weight and Dimensions:

    • Weight: 38g (1.31oz)
    • Width: 50mm (1.96")
    • Thickness: 15.5mm (.613")
    • Length: 81.5mm (3.21")

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  • APM 2.6
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    APM 2.6

    $ 150.00 $ 25.00

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    The APM 2.6 was the culmination of the original line of APM autopilots.  It was--and continues to be--an excellent introductory autopilot capable of commanding all kinds of autonomous crafts, from multicopters to rovers to sailboats.

    Note: APM 2.6 is compatible with APM:Copter 3.2 and earlier only. To use APM:Copter version 3.3 and later, please purchase a Pixhawk. APM:Plane and APM:Rover offer full support for APM 2.6 in all existing releases.

    Documentation and User Guides

    Features:

    • Arduino Compatible!
    • Includes 3-axis gyro, accelerometer and high-performance barometer
    • Onboard 4 MegaByte Dataflash chip for automatic datalogging
    • One of the first open-source autopilot systems to use Invensense's 6 DoF Accelerometer/Gyro MPU-6000.
    • Barometric pressure sensor upgraded to MS5611-01BA03, from Measurement Specialties.
    • Atmel's ATMEGA2560 and ATMEGA32U-2 chips for processing and usb functions respectively.

     

    APM schematic diagram
    APM board layout
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    Released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International License


    Designed by 3D Robotics Inc.

    Notes:

    • APM 2.6 requires a GPS unit with an onboard compass or an external compass module for full autonomy. If you are using APM 2.6 with a GPS module that does not have a compass sensor, you must use a stand-alone external compass.
    • This unit is not sold with a power module or cables; those will need to be purchased separately.
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