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CUAV V5 nano Autopilot

PX4 does not manufacture this (or any) autopilot. Contact the manufacturer for hardware support or compliance issues.

V5 nano® is an autopilot for space-constrained applications, designed by CUAV® in collaboration with the PX4 team.

The autopilot is small enough to use in 220mm racing drones, but remains powerful enough for most drone use.

V5 nano - Hero image

The V5 nano is similar to the CUAV V5+, but has an all-in-one form factor, fewer PWM ports (can't be used for airframes that use AUX ports), and does not have internal damping.

Some of its main features include:

  • Full compatibility with the Pixhawk project FMUv5 design standard and uses the Pixhawk Connector Standard for all external interfaces.
  • More advanced processor, RAM and flash memory than FMU v3, along with more stable and reliable sensors.
  • Firmware-compatible with PX4.
  • Generous 2.6mm spacing for I/O pins, making it easier to use all the interfaces.

This flight controller is manufacturer supported.


Main FMU Processor: STM32F765◦32 Bit Arm® Cortex®-M7, 216MHz, 2MB memory, 512KB RAM

  • 内置传感器:

    • 加速度计 / 陀螺仪:ICM-20689
    • 加速度计 / 陀螺仪:ICM-20602
    • 加速度计 / 陀螺仪:BMI055
    • 磁力计:IST8310
    • 气压计:MS5611
  • Interfaces: 8 PWM outputs

    • FMU上有3个专用PWM/Capture输入
    • 用于 CPPM 的专用遥控输入
    • Dedicated R/C input for Spektrum / DSM and S.Bus
    • 电平/PWM RSSI输入
    • 4个通用串行口
    • 3 个 I2C 接口
    • 4路SPI总线
    • 2 CAN Buses
    • 电池电压 / 电流模拟输入口
    • 2 additional analog inputs
    • Supports nARMED
  • Power System: Power Brick Input: 4.75~5.5V

  • USB 电源输入:4.75~5.25V

  • 重量和尺寸:

    • Dimensions: 60*40*14mm
  • 其它特性:

    • 工作温度:-20 ~ 85°C (实测值)

Where to Buy

CUAV Store

CUAV Aliexpress (international users)

CUAV Taobao (China Mainland users)


Autopilot may be purchased with included Neo GPS module

Connections (Wiring)

V5 nano Wiring Quickstart


Download V5 nano pinouts from here.



Most users will not need to build this firmware! It is pre-built and automatically installed by QGroundControl when appropriate hardware is connected.

To build PX4 for this target:

make px4_fmu-v5_default


The PX4 System Console and SWD interface operate on the FMU Debug port (DSU7). The board does not have an I/O debug interface.

Debug port (DSU7)

The debug port (DSU7) uses a JST BM06B connector and has the following pinout:


The product package includes a convenient debug cable that can be connected to the DSU7 port. This splits out an FTDI cable for connecting the PX4 System Console to a computer USB port, and SWD pins used for SWD/JTAG debugging. The provided debug cable does not connect to the SWD port Vref pin (1).

CUAV Debug cable


The SWD Vref pin (1) uses 5V as Vref but the CPU is run at 3.3V!

Some JTAG adapters (SEGGER J-Link) will use the Vref voltage to set the voltage on the SWD lines. For direct connection to Segger Jlink we recommended you use the 3.3 Volts from pin 4 of the connector marked DSM/SBUS/RSSI to provide Vtref to the JTAG (i.e. providing 3.3V and NOT 5V).

For more information see Using JTAG for hardware debugging.

Serial Port Mapping

USART2/dev/ttyS1TELEM1 (flow control)
USART3/dev/ttyS2TELEM2 (flow control)
USART6/dev/ttyS4TX is RC input from SBUS_RC connector
UART7/dev/ttyS5Debug Console
UART8/dev/ttyS6Not connected (no PX4IO)


V5 nano must be powered from the Power connector during flight, and may also/alternatively be powered from USB for bench testing.

The PM2 connector cannot not be used for powering the V5 nano (see this issue).

The Servo Power Rail is neither powered by, nor provides power to the FMU. However, the pins marked + are all common, and a BEC may be connected to any of the servo pin sets to power the servo power rail.

Over Current Protection

The V5 nano has no over current protection.



Any multicopter / airplane / rover or boat that can be controlled with normal RC servos or Futaba S-Bus servos. The complete set of supported configurations can be seen in the Airframes Reference.


CUAV adopts some differentiated designs and is incompatible with some hardware, which will be described below.

Neo v2.0 GPS not compatible with other devices

The Neo v2.0 GPS that is recommended for use with CUAV V5+ and CUAV V5 nano is not fully compatible with other Pixhawk flight controllers (specifically, the buzzer part is not compatible and there may be issues with the safety switch).

The UAVCAN NEO V2 PRO GNSS receiver can also be used, and is compatible with other flight controllers.

Using JTAG for hardware debugging

DSU7 FMU Debug Pin 1 is 5 volts - not the 3.3 volts of the CPU.

Some JTAG probes use this voltage to set the IO levels when communicating to the target.

For direct connection to Segger Jlink we recommended you use the 3.3 Volts of DSM/SBUS/RSSI pin 4 as Pin 1 on the debug connector (Vtref).

PM2 cannot power the flight controller

PM2 can only measure battery voltage and current, but not power the flight controller.


PX4 does not support this interface.


The issues below refer to the batch number in which they first appear. The batch number is the four-digit production date behind V01 and is displayed on a sticker on the side of the flight controller. For example, the serial number Batch V011904((V01 is the number of V5, 1904 is the production date, that is, the batch number).

SBUS / DSM / RSSI interface Pin1 unfused


This is a safety issue.

Please do not connect other equipment (except RC receiver) on SBUS / DSM / RSSI interface - this can lead to equipment damage!

  • Found: Batches V01190904xxxx
  • Fixed: Batches later than V01190904xxxx