The PXF is not commercially available anymore, refer to the new PXFmini

The PixHawk Fire Cape (PXF) is a daugther board for the BeagleBone Black created to port the APM flight stack to Linux. The shield was initially manufactured by 3DR and developed by Philip Rowse by merging the hardware efforts of the PX4 team into a shield. This initial concept would later be improved by Erle Robotics who ended up providing a commercial solution delivering the following technologies:

  • MPU6000: 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer (through SPI bus 1).
  • MPU9250: 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer (through SPI bus 1).
  • LSM9DS0: 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer (through SPI bus 0).
  • MS5611-01BA03: Barometer (through SPI bus 1).
  • MS5611-01BA03: Barometer (I2C).
  • BMP250: Barometer (not placed).

The PXF development happened along the BeaglePilot project:

BeaglePilot project aims to create the first Linux-based autopilot for flying robots using the BeagleBone and the BeagleBone Black as the "hardware blueprint". For this purpose the project will focus on integrating ArduPilot (most popular autopilot) in the BeagleBone (Black).

  • BeaglePilot project: https://github.com/beaglepilot/beaglepilot
  • PixHawk Fire Cape hardware repository: https://github.com/erlerobot/PXF
  • PixHawk Fire Cape design files: https: http://github.com/erlerobot/PXF/tree/master/PXF_CAPE_PCB