Pixhawk 2.1 or Cube autopilot is advance autopilot which is used in Professional UAVs around the world. Pixhawk 2.1 is now named as Cube Autopilot.
If you planning to build autonomous vehicle ( Aerial, Rover or Subs ) Cube aka Pixhawk 2.1 will be your first choice with ArduPilot software
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As Name suggest its an autopilot which mean it will pilot any vehicle by its own. Pixhawk was one of the open source autopilot. Its journey starts from year 2008, “Pixhawk” was a student project at ETH Zurich. Soon others joined this project. During this time, Ardupilot, PX4, APM Planner, MAVLink, and QGroundcontrol (These are all software’s ) — These are today’s most used standards for flight control hardware and autopilot software in the drone industry.
From Pixhawk 1 comes Pixhawk 2 which was first used in 3DR drone named as Solo. Solo was first Smart drone which was far better than its competitors. Pixhawk 2 was designed by Philip Rowse when he was working with 3DR. Later he modify Pixhawk 2 and it was named as Pixhawk 2.1.
In simple words because many other manufacturer start using name like Pixhawk 3, 4,5 which is confusing to new users which one to select.
For details you can read this post by Philip
Genuine is a Pixhawk 1 from 3DR, a Pixhawk 2 from 3DR, and The cube from ProfiCNC/Hex
You can design your own carrier board as per your requirements. Hex Technology offer total 3 carrier boards these are
This is light weight PCB which has minimal out put and input pins. This can be used where user don’t have enough space to use Standard board or You might want o reduce weight of electronics then you can use this carrier board. Mini carrier board is available on this store.
The Kore is used only for multi rotors like Quadcopter, Hexacopter, Octacopter. it has in built power module which can measure upto 140A current and upto 12 cell battery. The kore has on board PDB ( Power distribution board ) which can handle current surge upto 280A. This board is best for removing unwanted wires from your Drone/UAV. The Kore is available on this store.
The cube ( Pixhawk 2.1 ) has a total of 29 MEMS sensors in it
3 X 3-axis Accelerometers
3 X 3-axis Gyroscopes
3 X 3-axis Magnetometers
2 X Barometers
Mechanical: 30×30 mm M3 mounting hole pattern, 35×35 mm footprint
80 position DF17 connector. Carries all autopilot interface connections.
● Minimal (read: really minimal) electrical protection
● No power management
● 3.8 to 5.7V operation (absolute maximum ratings)
● 4.0 to 5.5V operation (compliant rating)
● 2x CAN: CAN1 and CAN2
● 4x UART: TELEM1, TELEM2, GPS (I2C 1 embedded), SERIAL4(I2C 2 embedded)
● 1x Console: CONSOLE (SERIAL5)
● 1x HMI: USB extender
5 Serial Ports
2 CAN ports
2 I2C ports
2 Power ports
1 ADC port
8 dedicated opto capable PWM out
6 GPIO that can also be used for PWM
Dedicated Spektrum RX port
S.Bus in and out, PPM in
To take full advantage of the Pixhawk 2.1, Please add the new GPS with built in Safety switch.
with Here2, without Here2
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