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After months of rigorous testing, we are pleased to announce that our Pixhawk autopilot is now in production and ready to ship.

Designed by the PX4 open-hardware project and manufactured by 3D Robotics, Pixhawk delivers industry-leading performance and flexibility for controlling any autonomous vehicle.

Our new Pixhawk represents a significant improvement over our legacy APMs, offering enhanced reliability, robust power, a broad range of USB power options and a second sensor port — for a dual IMU system. The second sensor chip not only provides redundancy, but enables the combination of different sensor inputs.

This release follows months of beta-testing by the IRIS-Developer community. Based on their feedback, we improved the noise immunity of the power supplies and added the MPU 6000 to supplement the LSM303D accelerometer.

“This is the most tested board we’ve ever released,” said Chris Anderson, 3DR CEO. “Thanks to the IRIS-developer program, Pixhawk has already flown thousands of miles,” said Chris. “We are grateful to the community for their valuable feedback.”