Pixhawk Plate Assembly

You will need:  

pixhawk assembly parts quad    


1 Mount Pixhawk

    Separate the four foam pieces provided with the Pixhawk kit, and attach them to the bottom four corners of the board. Mount Pixhawk to the Pixhawk plate with the arrow facing as shown below (towards the less elongated end of the plate).    

pixhawk plate      


2 Mount buzzer and switch

    The switch (button) snaps into the round hole in the accessory plate. Disconnect the switch, thread the cable through the hole in the accessory plate from the top, and gently pull the switch into place. Reconnect the cable to the SWITCH port on Pixhawk. Using double-sided foam tape (not included), mount the buzzer to the underside of the accessory plate.    

accessory plate bottom view

accessory plate bottom      


3 Mount GPS

    Place the base of the GPS mast over the four holes in the accessory plate with the shorter side facing the left side of the plate (the arrow-shaped holes in the plate face forward). Add a mounting screw to each hole, and secure with nuts.  

  mast assembly    

Remove the adhesive backing from the mast and place GPS onto the mast with the connectors facing the shorter side and the arrow on the GPS pointing in the same direction as the arrow-shaped holes in the plate.    

gps onto mast    

Use zip ties to secure the hanging cables to the mast.

    mast final assembly      


4 Wire Pixhawk autopilot system

    Follow the instructions here to wire the Pixhawk autopilot system.      


5 Assemble plates

    Add a 5 mm nylon bolt to the four holes in the accessory plate marked below, and attach a 30 mm standoff to each one below the plate. Add the Pixhawk plate to the ends of the standoffs and secure with metal nuts.    

quad upper plates assembly diagramupper plates complete gray    

Place the assembled plates over the exposed bolts in the top plate, with the arrows facing towards the blue arms, and secure with metal nuts.    

final plate assemblyfinal plate assembly complete cad      


6 Mount remaining components

    Select a location on the copter to mount the I2C splitter, telemetry radio, and RC receiver. Use dual lock or double-sided foam tape to mount the components. Check that all components are connected securely to Pixhawk.   Where you place the components on the copter is ultimately limited by the length of the cables between modules. Experiment with the different length cables provided with your kit, and find the best place for each module on your copter.    

quad final component mounting

(mast not pictured)


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