The HKPilot32 is the next step in FC hardware with its powerful ST micro 32bit ARM Cortex core and massive I/O support. The HK Pilot32 is one of the most advanced autopilot systems available with support for almost any type of vehicle from a moon rover or a multirotor aircraft, even a submarine! Designed by the PX4 open-hardware project, it is supported by a number of development communities making this one of the most flexible and reliable platforms for vehicle control, with many features and functions sure to be available in the future.
With powerful integrated multithreading NuttX RTOS, a Unix/Linux-like programming environment, completely new autopilot functions, auto detection and configuration of peripherals and a seamless transition from a HK Pilot Mega or APM, these advanced capabilities remove the limitation to your autonomous vehicle.
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• 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 long-time 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
Invensense MPU 6000 3-axis accelerometer/gyroscope
MEAS MS5611 barometer
5x UART (serial ports), one high-power capable, 2x with HW flow control
Spektrum DSM / DSM2 / DSM-X® Satellite compatible input up to DX8 (DX9 and above not supported)
Futaba S.BUS® compatible input and output
PPM sum signal
RSSI (PWM or voltage) input
3.3 and 6.6V ADC inputs
External microUSB port
HK Pilot32 autopilot
Safety switch button
10s power module with XT60 connectors and 6-position connector cable
Extra 6-position cable to connect a GPS+Compass module
Micro USB cable
3-wire servo cable
I2C splitter module with cable
Note: HK Pilot32 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 allow for PPM output, but some, such as non-S.BUS Futaba receivers do not.
*PX4/Pixhawk is an independent, open-source, open-hardware project aiming at providing a high-end autopilot to the academic, hobby and industrial communities (BSD licensed)
**The reference to APM refers to the ArduPilot project, a family of open source autopilots based on the Arduino open source computing platform, developed by 3DR and the open source community. It consists of a choice of ArduPilot Mega (APM) electronics and a range of free software versions for different vehicles and is governed by an open source creative commons license.
*Note: This is not an original Arduino brand product.
To say I hate this controller is an understatement. To buy this is to begin a journey of frustration and spending. After spending another $200 on equipment to complete the kit, replace the crap power sensor, connect all the bits to my plane and then it flakes out on my ESC? Naze32 runs my Wing great, before and after the HKPilot. It just boggles my mind how involved you have to get just to run this POS. I was going to spend all night googling esc issues and playing with my Taranis settings to fix it, but decided my time is worth more than the cost of this god-awful vehicle controller.
I'll try it on my quad next. It has non-HK ESC's, so might work better.... but don't hold your breath folks.The FC are satisfied were purchased to replace existing products. After using it seems to be more accurate evaluation.Excellent, better than the Megapilot 2.7 Ive got from HK. The Megapilot 2.7 was not able to save log files with correct date and time. This however, is flawless thus far.Overall, I love it. It works great out of the box. Just one tip to setup the Battery Monitor correctly, I hve chosen the following settings from Mission Planner and they work great as it measures both Vols and Ams:
Monitor: 4: Voltage and Current
Sensor: 0: Other
APM: 5: VR Brain 4.5 - 5I bought an Aerosky hexacopter more than a year ago with a MultiWii flight controller and could never get the hex to fly properly! I was going to change the MWC for an APM 2.5 flight controller but found this Pixhawk and the price was reasonable so I picked it up. That ended up being a good call, as APM:Copter will stop supporting the APM 2.x flight controllers in the next release (3.3), and the current 3.2.1 runs like a dog on the older hardware (if you want PosHold you have to use the previous 3.2 on an APM 2.x FC, which is only slightly better on the older hardware)! I ended up having to buy the GPS, MinimOSD and telemetry radios separately, but finally got everything installed on the hex frame and the maiden flight went like a dream! It went even better than my first flight on a DJI Phantom 1.1.1, which had been the best "out of the box" flight experience up till now. Once I did the Autotrim, it flies very well and is rock solid on loiter (except in gusty winds) and with landing (no bouncing like the both Phantom and the Quanum Nova does). The Pixhawk fired up right away, no issues with connecting to it, with updating firmware or configuration. I've tried out autonomous flight and it is rock solid on navigation. I was starting to sour on APM:Copter due to the issues using an APM:2.x FC, but all those issues went away with the Pixhawk FC. I'm a fan again!
Look, this is a cheaper version of the pixhawk but so far has lived up to the performance. If you use telemetry don't expect to see perfect voltage or current readings, also in my case I initially used a poor prop/motor match and ended up chasing and comparing PWM output signals when really the controller was fine. While some of the documentation is dated (same documentation for the clone and the real thing, so it isn't HK's fault) this is a great controller for the money with a lot of room to grow.it didnt take long to set it up using youtube, but then...on my first test flight with FC i crashed my tricopter...well "it wasnt me".....when it got of the ground and in the air it couldnt hold stable position rotation wise,it was spinning like hell,i flipped switch from stable to loiter(before take of i got 9 satelites in lock on gps,cheked via laptoop) and it went skyhigh like a rocket, i saw it flying away up in sky,tryed to flip back into stable and lower the throtle but that didnt work it kept climbing,so i flipped to RTl and then i saw a nice show, it turrned slightly to the left of me and went sideways and slowly flipping upside down and towards the ground on full speed. it was 70 kph into the ground,luckily did hit no one,just the concrete playground, burst into flames coz of lipo fire.......so far im down for 600$ because of that strange behavior of that FC.every thing shattered and burned.I love the pixhawk. This one is affordable and the components fit well together. The unit came well packaged. Arrived within a week of ordering. Wiring, plugs and fitting all in box as advertised.Functions as described, a great Pixhawk clone. The best part is that it is a fraction of the cost and works the same!I love it, so much faster and better that my previous APM, very good quality from HK, I fly a lot and have never had an issue so far, am running AC3.2.1 firmware on it