There is no experienced pilot able to deny the charm of Open source flight controller! After all, commercial FCs takes the main trend on the market. And it’s hard to find a really potential FC like PIXHAWK Flight Controller. What a open source flight controller appeals to you in fact is the infinite possibility! Here we go to take a closer look at it!
First of all, the flight controller was designed by the PX4 open-hardware project and manufactured by 3D Robotics. Besides, PIXHAWK Flight Controller features advanced processor, sensor technology from ST Microelectronics, a NuttX real-time operating system. Briefly, this flight controller is spoken approvingly of incredible performance, flexibility, compatibility as well as control ability .
It’s quite easy and convenient to install ESC and other components. Initial PID settings setup may take you some time. GPS features were nothing short of amazing! It’s incredible that PIXHAWK Flight Controller can hold a position in less than a meter. And you can assign to a 3 way switch to use Stabilize, AUTO and RTH. RTH, climbing first to a preset altitude, flies home, hovers, then lowers to a soft landing.
Moreover, PIXHAWK Flight Controller supports multiple threading, Unix or Linux-like programming environment, which provides completely new autopilot functions. All these ensure there is no limitation to your autonomous vehicle. Additionally, it allows existing APM and PX4 operators to seamlessly transit to the system and lower the barriers for new users to participate autonomous vehicles.
Besides, The flagship Pixhawk module of PIXHAWK Flight Controller will be 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. To some extents, this LED indicator effectively ensures flight safety.
Last but not least, PIXHAWK Flight Controller 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, including all those sold by 3D Robotics, allow for PPM output. While some non-S.BUS Futaba receivers do not!