The open standards for drone hardware

Pixhawk open standards provides readily available hardware specifications and guidelines for drone systems development

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 The reference standards

All aspects of mechanical and electrical specifications for creating interoperable drone system components


Flight management unit 

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Cameras, gimbals, actuators

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Smart Battery

Battery management unit

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Benefits for adopters

Accelerate time to market with reference designs

Reduce R&D overheads with jointly engineered solutions

Scale product interoperability with the ecosystem


A decade of rich history and
a fast growing community

A decade ago, “Pixhawk” was a student project at ETH Zurich. Little did the team know that it would end up having such a large influence on the drone industry. During this time, the team created MAVLink, Pixhawk, PX4, and QGroundcontrol — which are today’s most used standards for flight control hardware and autopilot software in the drone industry. This was the beginning of a story of a very successful open source project outperforming individual corporate development.

Created by industry leaders 

Pixhawk is the defacto standard for those who build the ubiquitous autonomous systems that will support a better world for humanity.

Arnaud Thiercelin

Head of Enterprise Product, Auterion

NXP is pleased to participate in the development of an open standard by working with the community. Together, we ensure quality, safety, and efficiency of modern autonomous systems products.

Iain Galloway

Drone Program Lead, NXP

At Freefly we greatly value simple and effective open standards and protocols, and we are excited to help create these for the industry!

Cory Schwarzmiller

Senior Embedded Systems Engineer, Freefly

The Pixhawk Smart Battery Standard will increase the safety, interoperability, and professionalism of the open source UAV ecosystem.

Alex Klimaj

Founder, ARK Electronics

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