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Pixhawk is an independent, open-hardware project aiming at providing high-end autopilot hardware to the academic, hobby and industrial communities at low costs and high availability. It provides hardware for the Linux Foundation DroneCode project. It originated from the PIXHAWK Project of the Computer Vision and Geometry Lab of ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Autonomous Systems Lab as well from a number of excellent invididuals (Contact and Credits).

We are always looking for new developers! Get in touch via the Forum (Web View).

Autopilot Software

The Pixhawk autopilot module runs a very efficient real-time operating system (RTOS), which provides a POSIX-style environment (i.e. printf(), pthreads, /dev/ttyS1, open(), write(), poll(), ioctl(), etc). The software can be updated with an USB bootloader. We support multiple flight stacks: PX4 and APM.

Autopilot Hardware

PIXHAWK is the industry standard autopilot, designed by the open hardware development team in collaboration with 3D Robotics.


  • 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
Unmanned Tech
BYOD
UAV store
onDrone UK

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

Contact and Credits

If you want to contact us, please write to the mailing list or to the project maintainer Lorenz Meier, lorenz@px4.io or contact the people listed on the Contact and Credits page. Our infrastructure is supported by the Computer Vision and Geometry Lab. We provide hardware for the autopilot projects supported by the Linux Foundation DroneCode effort and its industry partners.

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