Hello everybody! Here I go to recommend a remarkable but not so widely known FC, that is PIXHAWK Flight Controller. Designed by the PX4 open-hardware project and manufactured by 3D Robotics, it 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 setup may take you some time, since PIXHAWK Flight Controller unit utilizes PID settings. GPS features were nothing short of amazing! It’s incredible that one of these could hold a position and altitude in less than a meter. It has 14 functions and you can assign to a 3 way switch. For instance, you can use Stabilize, AUTO and RTH. RTH climbs 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, providing completely new autopilot functions. All these advanced capabilities ensure that there is no limitation to your autonomous vehicle. Additionally, it allows existing APM and PX4 operators to seamlessly transition to this system and lowers the barriers to entry for new users to participate in the exciting world of 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!