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Dec 28, 2015, 12:13 PM
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PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi

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I'm happy to announce the PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi. This autopilot shield allows anyone to create ready-to-fly autopilots with support for Dronecode’s APM flight stack priced at only 69 €. The shield has been designed with low cost in mind and specially for the Raspbery Pi Zero (it is also compatible with other Raspberry Pi boards). Find below some of its features:

A tiny yet powerful design
The PXFmini shield weighs only 15 grams and on it’s 31mm x 71 mm embeds all the power electronics necessary to comply with most of the existing components for drones using its 2xI2C and UART ports.
The design is based on previous iterations with proper APM upstream support and provides 8 PWM output channels as well as a PPMSUM input.

A shield for sensing
PXFmini includes a 9 axes IMU (MPU9250), a digital barometer (MS5611) and an ADC for voltage measurements.

An improved experience
Forget about breaking those DF13 connectors. We’ve decided to bet on the new JST GH connectors (adopted by the Dronecode Foundation) to provide an amazing new experience. We’ve also partnered with manufacturers to provide DF13 to JST GH converters.

Open design
All the schematics are open for you to hack around. They’ll be released as soon as the boards start shipping. Shipping will start in early February 2016.

We made a short clip closing the year where we show the board:
Erle Robotics, christmas 2015 (3 min 6 sec)

Thanks everyone and merry christmas!
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Dec 30, 2015, 04:58 PM
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awesome work
Dec 30, 2015, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by unfaix
awesome work
Yes, it looks extremely promising.

It's probably only a matter of time until some flavor of Linux, single board computer takes over the flight controller market. Raspberry Pi has a big lead in mind share, and at $5 for a Pi Zero, seems the most likely candidate.
Dec 30, 2015, 05:32 PM
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yeah, this system combined with the "Inexpensive HD FPV w/ low lag (WIFI Broadcast)" project would make for a great, cheap flight controller, with hd video feed with low latency than dji, yuneec, etc.

Last edited by unfaix; Dec 30, 2015 at 06:12 PM.
Jan 24, 2016, 11:31 PM
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> A tiny yet powerful design
Raspberry Pi Zero can't cope with stress of running 400Hz APM Copter mode.
It will crawl on the ground but not fly with other tasks added

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