# CUAV v5 (Discontinued)

WARNING

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

Warning This flight controller has been discontinued and is no longer commercially available.

CUAV v5® (previously "Pixhack v5") is an advanced autopilot designed and made by CUAV®. The board is based on the Pixhawk-project (opens new window) FMUv5 open hardware design. It runs PX4 on the NuttX (opens new window) OS, and is fully compatible with PX4 firmware. It is intended primarily for academic and commercial developers.

CUAV v5

# Quick Summary

  • Main FMU Processor: STM32F765

    • 32 Bit Arm® Cortex®-M7, 216MHz, 2MB memory, 512KB RAM
  • IO Processor: STM32F100

    • 32 Bit Arm® Cortex®-M3, 24MHz, 8KB SRAM
  • On-board sensors:

    • Accelerometer/Gyroscope: ICM-20689
    • Accelerometer/Gyroscope: BMI055
    • Magnetometer: IST8310
    • Barometer: MS5611
  • Interfaces:

    • 8-14 PWM outputs (6 from IO, 8 from FMU)
    • 3 dedicated PWM/Capture inputs on FMU
    • Dedicated R/C input for CPPM
    • Dedicated R/C input for PPM and S.Bus
    • analog / PWM RSSI input
    • S.Bus servo output
    • 5 general purpose serial ports
    • 4 I2C ports
    • 4 SPI buses
    • 2 CANBuses with serial ESC
    • Analog inputs for voltage / current of 2 batteries
  • Power System:

    • Power: 4.3~5.4V
    • USB Input: 4.75~5.25V
    • Servo Rail Input: 0~36V
  • Weight and Dimensions:

    • Weight: 90g
    • Dimensions: 44x84x12mm
  • Other Characteristics:

    • Operating temperature: -20 ~ 80°C (Measured value)

# Purchase

Order from CUAV (opens new window).

# Connection

CUAV v5

WarningThe RCIN interface is limited to powering the rc receiver and cannot be connected to any power/load.

# Voltage Ratings

CUAV v5 can be triple-redundant on the power supply if three power sources are supplied. The three power rails are: POWER1, POWER2 and USB.

Note The output power rails FMU PWM OUT and I/O PWM OUT (0V to 36V) do not power the flight controller board (and are not powered by it). You must supply power to one of POWER1, POWER2 or USB or the board will be unpowered.

Normal Operation Maximum Ratings

Under these conditions all power sources will be used in this order to power the system:

  1. POWER1 and POWER2 inputs (4.3V to 5.4V)
  2. USB input (4.75V to 5.25V)

# Building Firmware

TIP

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

# Debug Port

The PX4 System Console and SWD interface operate on the FMU Debug port. Simply connect the FTDI cable to the Debug & F7 SWD connector. To access the I/O Debug port, the user must remove the CUAV v5 shell. Both ports have standard serial pins and can be connected to a standard FTDI cable (3.3V, but 5V tolerant).

The pinout is as shown.

CUAV v5 debug

pin CUAV v5 debug
1 GND
2 FMU-SWCLK
3 FMU-SWDIO
4 UART7_RX
5 UART7_TX
6 VCC

# Serial Port Mapping

UART Device Port
UART1 /dev/ttyS0 GPS
USART2 /dev/ttyS1 TELEM1 (flow control)
USART3 /dev/ttyS2 TELEM2 (flow control)
UART4 /dev/ttyS3 TELEM4
USART6 /dev/ttyS4 TX is RC input from SBUS_RC connector
UART7 /dev/ttyS5 Debug Console
UART8 /dev/ttyS6 PX4IO

# Peripherals

# Supported Platforms / Airframes

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.

# Further info