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:
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
3-wire servo cable
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
32-bit STM32F427 Cortex M4 core with FPU
168 MHz/256 KB RAM/2 MB Flash
32 bit STM32F103 failsafe co-processor
ST Micro L3GD20 3-axis 16-bit gyroscope
ST Micro LSM303D 3-axis 14-bit accelerometer / magnetometer
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.
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.