The Holybro Pixhawk 4 Mini QAV250 Kit is a great way to start working with Pixhawk 4. The kit includes a carbon-fibre QAV250 racing frame, Pixhawk 4 Mini, and almost all other components needed (except battery and receiver). There are variants of the kit both with and without FPV support.
This topic provides full instructions for building the kit and configuring PX4 using QGroundControl.
- Frame: Holybro QAV250
- Flight controller: Pixhawk 4 Mini
- Assembly time (approx.): 3.5 hours (2 for frame, 1.5 autopilot installation/configuration)
The Holybro Pixhawk 4 Mini QAV250 Kit includes almost all required components:
- Pixhawk 4 Mini
- Holybro Micro FPV Radio telemetry set
- Power module holybro
- Fully assembled Power Management Board with ESCs
- Motors - DR2205 KV2300
- 5” Plastic Props
- Carbon fiber 250 airframe with hardware
- Foxer camera
- Vtx 5.8ghz
Additionally you will need a battery and receiver (+compatible transmitter). This build uses:
This section lists all hardware for the frame and the autopilot installation.
|Unibody frame plate||1|
|Flight controller cover plate||1|
|Vinyl screws and nuts||4|
|15mm steel screws||8|
|7mm steel screws||12|
|Velcro battery strap||1|
|Foam for battery||1|
|Motors - DR2205 KV2300||4|
|Fully assembled Power Management Board with ESCs||4|
|Holybro power module||1|
|Fr-sky D4R-II receiver||1|
|Pixhawk 4 mini||1|
|Holybro GPS Neo-M8N||1|
|Holybro Micro FPV Radio telemetry set||1|
|Battery lumenier 1300 mAh 4S 14.8V||1|
|FPV camera (Complete Kit - only)||1|
The image below shows both frame and electronic components.
Estimated time to assemble frame is 2 hours and 1.5 hours installing the autopilot and configuring the airframe in QGroundControl.
The following tools are used in this assembly:
- 2.0mm Hex screwdriver
- 3mm Phillips screwdriver
- Wire cutters
- Precision tweezers
Attach arms to the button plate with the 15mm screws as shown:
Put the short plate over the arms
- Put the nuts on the 15mm screws (shown next step)
- Insert the plastic screws into the indicated holes (note that this part of the frame faces down when the vehicle is complete).
- Add the plastic nuts to the screws (turn over, as shown)
- Lower the power module over the plastic screws and then add the plastics standoffs
- Put the flight controller plate on the standoffs (over the power module)
- Attach the motors. The motors have an arrow indicating the direction of rotation.
- Use double sided tape from kit to attach the Pixhawk 4 Mini to the flight controller plate.
- Connect the power module's "power" cable to Pixhawk 4 mini.
- Attach the aluminium standoffs to the button plate
Connect the Esc’s with the motors and hold. In this image shown the order of the motors and direction of the rotation.
Connect the motors on the ESC’s, make sure the motors turns to the correct side, if the motor turns of the opposite side change the cable A to the pad C and C to the pad A of the ESC.
Test motor directions with propellers removed.
Connect the signal ESC cables to the PWM outputs of the Pixhawk in the correct order (see previous image)
Connect the receiver.
If using a PPM receiver connect to the PPM port.
If using the SBUS receiver connect to the RC IN port
Connect the telemetry module. Paste the module with double tape and connect on the port of the telemetry.
Connect the GPS module
Attach the module on the top plate (using provided 3M tape, or paste). Then put the top plate on the standoffs as shown
The last "mandatory" assembly step is to add the velcro to hold the battery
The "basic" frame build is now complete (though if you need them, you can find more information about connecting components in the Pixhawk 4 Wiring Quickstart).
If you have the "basic" version of the kit, you can now jump ahead to instructions on how to Install/Configure PX4.
The "Complete" version of the kit additionally comes with an FPV system, which is mounted on the front of the vehicle as shown.
The steps to install the kit are:
- Install the camera bracket on the frame
- Install the camera on the bracket
- The power module on the complete kit comes with wiring ready to connect the Video Transmitter and Camera:
- Attach the camera connector The wires are: blue=voltage sensor, yellow=video out, black=ground, red=+voltage.
- Connect the Video Transmitter (VTX) connector The wires are: yellow=video out, black=ground, red=+voltage.
- Secure the Video Transmitter and OSD board to the frame using tape.
If you have to wire the system yourself, the diagram below shows all the connections between camera, VTX and power module:
QGroundControl is used to install the PX4 autopilot and configure/tune it for the QAV250 frame. Download and install QGroundControl for your platform.
Full instructions for installing and configuring PX4 can be found in Basic Configuration.
First update the firmware and airframe:
You will need to select the HolyBro QAV250 airframe (Quadrotor x > HolyBro QAV250).
Then perform the mandatory setup/calibration:
Ideally you should also do:
Airframe selection sets default autopilot parameters for the frame. These are good enough to fly with, but it is a good idea to tune the parameters for a specific frame build.
For general information on tuning see: Multicopter PID Tuning Guide.
This build log was provided by the PX4 Test Team.