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PixFalcon Micro PX4 Autopilot plus Micro M8N GPS and Mega PBD Power Module

PixFalcon Micro PX4 Autopilot plus Micro M8N GPS and Mega PBD Power Module


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The PixFalcon Micro PX4 Autopilot is a high performance module suitable for fixed wing, multi-rotors, helicopters, cars, boats and any other robotic platform that can move. It can be recognised as a scaled down version of the popular PixHawk high end autopilot favoured by high-end researchers, amateurs and industrial designers but it is a more compact and lightweight unit.
It is crammed with all the same features and specifications as its bigger brother but its smaller size makes it more compatible with models and designs that have a limited amount of space.

Included in this set is the PX4 PixFalcon flight controller, the latest Micro M8 GPS system that provides high sensitivity and minimal acquisition times and the Power Module that incorporates both a way to power your PX4 and accessories as well as report battery voltage and current back to the flight controller for logging and telemetry data.

• Built in Buzzer
• 168MHz/252MIPS Cortex-M4F
• 14 PWM/servo outputs (8 with failsafe and manual overide, 6 auxilary, high power compatible)
• Abundant connectivity options for addition peripherals (UART, 12C)
• Intergrated backup system for in-flight recovery and manual overide with dedicated processor and stand-alone power supply (fixed wing use)
• Backup system integrates mixing, providing consistent autopilot and manual overide mixing modes (fixed wing use)
• Onboard safety switch and external safety switch
• Multi-color LED visual indicator
• MicroSD card for high rate logging over extended periods of time
• Ubox super precision Micro M8 GPS
• Mega Power Distribution board Power Module with 5.3V 3A UBEC

Specs (Processor):
32bit STM32F427 Cortex M4 Core with FPU
256KB Ram
2MB Flash
32bit STM32F 103 Failsafe Co-processor

Specs (Sensor):
ST Micro L3GD20H 16bit Gyroscope
ST Micro LSM303D 14bit Accelerometer/Magnetometer
Invensense MPU 6000 3 Axis Accelerometer/Gyroscope
MEAS MS5611 Barometer

Specs (Interfaces):
1 x UART Serial Port
Spektrum DSM/DSM2/DSM-X® Satellite Compatible Input
Futaba S BUS® Compatible Input/Output
PPM Sum Signal Input
Internal Micro USB Port

Specs (Power system Protection):
Ideal Power Muliplexer with Automatic Current Limiter
All Peripheral Outputs are Over Current protected

Specs (Distribution Power Module)
Mounting hole: 30mm*30mm
Weight: 5.8g
Cells: 4s max
BEC: 3A 5.3v

All Inputs ESD Protected

Specs Size:
Size: 38x43x12mm
Weight: 15.8g

Voltage Ratings:
Power Module Input: 4.1~5.5V
USB Power Input: 4.1~5.5V
Servo Rail Input: 0~10V (servo rail input is detected by PixFalcon)

Note: PixFalcon can be double redundant on the power supply if 2 power sources are supplied. The 2 rails are: Power module input and USB input.

PixFalcon Micro PX4 Autopliot
Multi output cable
RCIN cable
Safety switch
4pin cable
6pin cable
USB cable
Micro SD card
Power Distribution Power Module 

Please see under "Files" tab for manual.

*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.



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Everything on the PixFalcon worked beautifully, as did the GPS and PDB. As another reviewer noted, the standard telemetry hardware won't work with the PX4 and you have to purchase the the micro telemetry set separately. Not that big a deal, but it would be nice to know going into it.
Documentation is spotty, which seems to be on par for these products. The GPS functioned exceptionally well. RTL, when activated, would often land the quad withing a foot or so of the actual launch point. And where I am (Florida), the module was typically picking up 22 satellites. Awesome.
My only complaint is the unit is a bit pricey, especially in comparison to other FCs. Still, I give it overall very high marks and I would buy it again if necessary.
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Build was nice on this everything worked, and I find the pixhawk documentation adequate. The two major shortcomings here are:
1. There is no input for airspeed, sonar, flow ext.
2. The telemetry output doesn't work with the Standard APM/PX4 style radios, you need the micro telemetry set.

I knew about #1 at purchase time, but not about #2. Be sure to update the firmware when you get it (hard not to do actually)
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This is an great replacement flight controller for the full size PixHawk. The M8N GPS locks onto satellites quickly and is better than the 6 and 7 versions. I had so many issues with my two 3DR Pixhawks, this FC works almost flawlessly. I wish it had a second telemetry port, but for small quads, this is perfect. You can connect your gimbal pitch and roll signals to the extra motor outputs. There are 8 outputs for motors and servos. The single cable to the GPS module is nice. I recommend this for 250 to 450 quads.
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Awesome, complete system. This was my first APM based flight controller, I've since had a few others and this remains my favorite. Reasonably easy to set up, and it has worked flawlessly from day one. GPS gives rock solid position holds, autonomous flights always on the marks. Everything is high quality - board, cables, etc. Definitely my FC of choice when building a new multirotor. Only thing that could make it better would be a matching 4-in-1 ESC with power module!
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No real manual.
Only help scattered around the internet. Internet has mostly questions with no answers.
Error messages and frustration. No fun.
Only for rocket scientists.
Highly disrecommended if you are not into rocket science.
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Nice small package for PX4/Pixhawk in smaller applications. Works well on my 3D printed Peon230 after changing the INS_MPU6K_FILTER parameter to value 42. From there you can set the lowest PID settings allowed under basic setup page and start tuning up from there (or use autotune).
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