PXFmini, an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi



Following up with the PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) series that was started a while ago, 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXZb2gN9SEg


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Mpho, 28/12/2016 Reply

Do you make custom motors and propellers of any size?

    Aitor Rioja, 28/12/2016 Reply

    We are sorry but we do not make custom motors or propellers.

Michiel, 28/12/2016 Reply

I’ve got a Pi3 since a few months, it took a while to get used to it because it was all new to. But once you get it it’s really awesome!

I also have a complete 450 quadcopter here with a defect flight controller.

If I buy a PFX Mini and put it on the Pi3 (inc. connecting everything and prepare the software) am I ready to go or is other hardware required?

    Aitor Rioja, 28/12/2016 Reply

    Dear Michiel,

    For technical support you can check our forum. If there is not an answer for your question we encourage you to open a new discussion topic.

    Kind regards,

Tim, 13/05/2017 Reply

Is there another version in development using a MPU?

    Lander Usategui, 16/05/2017 Reply

    did you check our docs?

    You can use external one as well.

    Please, report your technical questions in our forum.

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