BeagleBone Blue

BeagleBone Blue 是一台基于 Linux 的一体机。 它针对机器人技术进行了优化,这种紧凑且便宜的电路板具有飞行控制器所需的所有必要传感器和外围设备。 本主题说明如何设置电路板以使用 librobotcontrol 机器人软件包运行 PX4。

BeagleBone - 标记图


可以在这里找到 BeagleBone Blue 图像:

有关闪存操作系统映像的信息可以在 this page 上找到。 其他有用的信息可以在 FAQ 中找到。


BeagleBone Blue 上,PX4 需要 librobotcontrol 版本 1.0.0 或更高版本。

BeagleBoard 操作系统映像预装了 librobotcontrol,但在所有操作系统映像中可能无法正常工作。

检查 librobotcontrol 是否正常工作的一种方法是运行 librobotcontrol 附带的 rc_test_drivers。 如以下示例所示,所有测试都应通过。 可选择运行其他测试,例如 rc_test_bmprc_test_mpu 等。

debian@beaglebone:~$ rc_test_drivers

Kernel: 4.14.56-ti-rt-r64 Debian Image 2018-07-22
Debian: 9.5

PASSED: gpio 0
PASSED: gpio 1
PASSED: gpio 2
PASSED: gpio 3
PASSED: pwm1
PASSED: pwm2
PASSED: eqep0
PASSED: eqep1
PASSED: eqep2
PASSED: pru-rproc
PASSED: uart1
PASSED: uart2
PASSED: uart4
PASSED: uart5
PASSED: i2c1
PASSED: i2c2

Currently running on a:
Robot Control library Version:

您可以选择更新到实时内核,如果这样做,请重新检查 librobotcontrol 是否与实时内核一起正常工作。

The latest OS images at time of updating this document is bone-debian-9.5-iot-armhf-2018-10-07-4gb.img.xz.


如果要构建 PX4,则此库还有其他设置步骤。

Here are steps to build the librobotcontrol with PX4 extensions natively on a BeagleBone board:

   git clone
   cd librobotcontrol
   sudo make install

EXT_CFLAGS was added after version 1.0.4. If it's not in your version of librobotcontrol/library/Makefile, add it to CLFAGS, e.g., CFLAGS := $(EXT_CFLAGS) -g -fPIC -I $(INCLUDEDIR)

After acquiring the pre-built library,

  1. Select the librobotcontrol installation directory, and set it in the LIBROBOTCONTROL_INSTALL_DIR environment variable so that other unwanted headers will not be included
  2. Install robotcontrol.h and rc/* into $LIBROBOTCONTROL_INSTALL_DIR/include
  3. Install pre-built native (ARM) version of librobotcontrol.* into $LIBROBOTCONTROL_INSTALL_DIR/lib

At this point the BeagleBone Blue target can be built on both cross compile host system and native build system, i.e.,

make posix_bbblue_cross [upload]


The recommended way to build PX4 for BeagleBone Blue is to compile on a development computer and upload the PX4 executable binary directly to the BeagleBone Blue.

This approach is recommended over native build due to speed of deployment and ease of use.


ARM Cross Compiler for BeagleBone Blue can be found at Linaro Toolchain Binaries site. The following is an example setup on development host.

  1. First install the toolchain into /opt/bbblue_toolchain/gcc-arm-linux-gnueabihf. Here is an example of using soft link to select which version of the toolchain you want to use:

     ...@ubuntu:/opt/bbblue_toolchain$ ls -l
         lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   51 Mar 22 16:10 gcc-arm-linux-gnueabihf -> gcc-linaro-6.3.1-2017.05-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf
         drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 May 17  2017 gcc-linaro-6.3.1-2017.05-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf
         drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 Nov 19 03:51 gcc-linaro-6.4.1-2017.11-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf
  2. Add it to the PATH in ~/.profile as shown below

     export PATH=$PATH:/opt/bbblue_toolchain/gcc-arm-linux-gnueabihf/bin
     export CrossCompiler=/opt/bbblue_toolchain/gcc-arm-linux-gnueabihf/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-

GCC in the toolchain should be compatible with kernel in BeagleBone Blue. General rule of thumb is to choose a toolchain where version of GCC is not higher than version of GCC which comes with the OS image on BeagleBone Blue.


  1. First set up rsync (this is is used to transfer files from the development computer to the target board over a network - WiFi or Ethernet).
    • For rsync over SSH with key authentication, follow steps similar to those for Raspberry Pi/Navio
    • On the development computer, define the BeagleBone Blue board as BBBluePX4 in /etc/hosts
  2. Run the following command to build and upload files:
     make posix_bbblue_cross upload

To test the uploaded files, run the following commands on the BeagleBone Blue board:

cd /home/debian/px4 
sudo ./bin/px4 -s px4.config

Currently librobotcontrol requires root access.


You can also natively build PX4 builds directly on the BeagleBone Blue.

Run the following commands on the BeagleBone Blue (i.e. via SSH):

  1. Install dependencies:

     sudo apt-get update
     sudo apt-get install cmake python-empy
  2. Clone the PX4 Firmware directly onto the BeagleBone Blue.

  3. Continue with the standard build system installation.


Here is an example [/etc/rc.local]:

#!/bin/sh -e
# rc.local
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# bits.
# By default this script does nothing.

# wait for services to start up
/bin/sleep 25

cd /home/debian/px4 

/home/debian/px4/bin/px4 -d -s /home/debian/px4/px4.config > /home/debian/px4/PX4.log & 

exit 0

Below is a systemd service example [/lib/systemd/system/px4-quad-copter.service]:

Description=PX4 Quadcopter Service

ExecStart=/home/debian/px4/bin/px4 -d -s /home/debian/px4/px4.config  





When PX4 starts, it automatically applies power to servos.


BeagleBone Blue has some unique features such as multiple choices of WiFi interfaces and power sources. Refer to comments in /home/debian/px4/px4.config for usage of these features.

SBUS 信号转换器

SBUS signal from receiver (e.g., FrSky X8R) is an inverted signal. UARTs on BeagleBone Blue can only work with non-inverted 3.3V level signal. This tutorial contains a SBUS signal inverter circuit.


For a quadcopter with GPS and an SBUS receiver, here are typical connections:

  1. Connect the ESC of motor 1, 2, 3 and 4 to channel 1, 2, 3 and 4 of servo outputs on BeagleBone Blue, respectively. If your ESC connector contains a power output pin, remove it and do not connect it to the power output pin of the servo channel on the BeagleBone Blue.

  2. Connect the above mentioned converted SBUS signal to the dsm2 port if you have the matching connector for dsm2, otherwise connect it to any other available UART port and change the corresponding port in /home/debian/px4/px4.config accordingly.

  3. Connect the signals of GPS module to GPS port on the BeagleBone Blue. Note that the signal pins of the GPS port on the BeagleBone Blue are only 3.3V tolerant, so choose your GPS module accordingly.

© PX4 Dev Team. License: CC BY 4.0            Updated: 2020-02-23 11:02:30

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