Software Choice for Pixhawk Hardware

Our Pixhawk autopilot design supports several flight stacks. Please select one of the options below for flight-related documentation (setup, tuning, flight modes):

PX4 Flight Stack

PX4 Flight Stack

PX4 Flight Stack

Flight control software from the PX4 dev team - comes as collection of individual apps / modules. Runs on top of the PX4 middleware layer.

APM Flight Stack

APM Flight Stack


Flight control software from the APM dev team, single app / module. Runs on top of the PX4 middleware layer.

Pixhawk Hardware

All software solutions run on the Pixhawk autopilot, designed by the open hardware development team in collaboration with 3D Robotics.

PIXHAWK is the all-in-one unit, combining FMU and IO into a single package. With hardware floating point unit and SIMD. Details.

  • 168 MHz Cortex M4F CPU (256 KB RAM, 2 MB Flash)
  • Sensors: 3D ACC / Gyro / MAG / Baro
  • Integrated backup, override and failsafe processor with mixing
  • microSD slot, 5 UARTs, CAN, I2C, SPI, ADC, etc
  • Order from jDrones Store
  • Order from Unmanned Tech
  • Order from BYOD
  • Order from UAV store

The Pixhawk hardware project has a lot more hardware units to offer, including an optical flow sensor board. Check out all hardware modules.

Contact and Credits

If you want to contact us, please write to the mailing list or to the project maintainer Lorenz Meier, or contact the people listed on the Contact and Credits page. Our infrastructure is supported by the Computer Vision and Geometry Lab. We are one of the autopilot projects supported by the Linux Foundation DroneCode effort and its industry partners.

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