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Old Feb 06, 2014, 05:21 AM
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Pixhawk vs MikroKopter

Hello guys! Pretty excited since this is my first message to the forum. So I am a kind of newbie to this area but did lots of research these days and finally narrowed down my choices to MK or Pixhawk autopilot since they are open source. However I couldn't find any detailed comparison of these two(ok Pixhawk is pretty new maybe that is why). What I think is Pixhawk autopilot seems very promising since everything integrated and DIYdrones community seems very active but on the other hand MikroKopter has been in this market for longer and seems more experienced. Does anybody can help me to find out which has what advantages over other?
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Old Feb 06, 2014, 08:58 AM
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Since when is Mikrokopter opensource? It's as closed source as they get.

My sincere advice? At this point for you, open source is a negative, not a positive. Get a DJI Naza Lite and go flying. When you want to mess around, tune stuff and do autonomous flying, get a Pixhawk.
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Old Feb 06, 2014, 10:27 AM
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Actually my personal impression is that also Pixhawk is better but I wonder how hard is it to implement and tune it? For example I have a MK already and that was the reason why I was comparing MK with Pixhawk. I saw on the Pixhawk website it is supporting MK (http://pixhawk.org/firmware/apps/mkblctrl) but is it simple as just changing flight-ctrl with Pixhawk?
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Old Feb 06, 2015, 12:49 AM
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Wow.

Mikrokopter BLCTRL is an i2c addressable brushless electronic speed controller that is supported by PX4. This allows one to switch flight controllers from MK to PX4 painlessly.
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Old Feb 08, 2015, 10:13 AM
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Open source is a wonderful thing if one pays attention to what they upload. If you don't want to be a beta tester don't download beta software, load only the "Release" versions. You have a choice. I don't know of a closed system out there that provides any level of transparency with the code, what has really changed, why, or how it was done. With closed source you get what you get, ready or not, like it or not. DJI is a perfect example of this where software releases are dumped on the masses to download only to get hit with a recall or new update days later. Why? Nobody knows because the software developers don't talk about their intents or mistakes. Only with open source software will you be able to obtain massive amounts of nearly immediate user support and more often than not input from the code developers.

If you want an FC that requires you to know very little and learn even less closed software systems might be right up your alley. If you want versatility in software and hardware applications look to open source and spend a little time with some personal involvement. Pixhawk/APM are open source, Mikrokopter is quite reliable but definitely closed source, as is anything DJI. For anyone contemplating a new FC I strongly recommend researching FC stability before making a decision. Do some personal research on problems associated with an FC's flight performance and reliability. Google it and read, don't spend a lot of time asking for personal preferences at a forum where people buy into brand loyalty because the information you get will be heavily slanted towards what people are accustomed to using, not what an FC can actually do. Pay some, but not as much, attention to user install issues because a great many of those are user induced. What they do, and do reliably and consistently in the air is what you want to know.
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