PX4 supports global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) (including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS and SBAS) using receivers that communicate via the UBlox, MTK Ashtech or Emlid protocols, or via UAVCAN. It also supports Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS Receivers, which extend GPS systems to centimetre-level precision.

PX4可用于以下指南针部件(磁强计):博世BMM 150 MEMS(通过I2C总线)、HMC5883/HMC5983(I2C或SPI)、IST8310(I2C)和 LIS3MDL(I2C或SPI)。

The set of supported compasses can be inferred from the magnetometer drivers in the source code.

最多可以连接4个内部或外部磁强计,但实际上只有一个磁强计可用作标题源。 系统根据其内部优先级自动选择可用的最佳罗盘(外部磁强计具有更高的优先级)。 如果主指南针在飞行中失败它将跳转到下一个指南针。 如果它在飞行前失败,将无法起飞。

GPS + Compass

When using Pixhawk-series flight controllers, we recommend using a combined GPS + Compass mounted as far away from the motor/ESC power supply lines as possible - typically on a pedestal or wing (for fixed-wing). The internal compass may be useful on larger vehicles (e.g. VTOL) where it is possible to reduce electromagnetic interference by mounting the Pixhawk a long way from power supply lines. On small vehicles an external compass is almost always required.

Combined GPS/Compass Options


GPS与罗盘的连接说明通常由厂家(至少支持更通用的 自驾仪)提供

Pixhawk Series controllers usually have a clearly labeled port for connecting the GPS, and the compass is connected to either the I2C or SPI port/bus (depending on the device). The Zubax GNSS 2 and Avionics Anonymous GNSS/Mag can also be connected via UAVCAN.

Pay attention to pinout when connecting the GPS module. While these are all software-compatible, there are several different pin orderings.

GPS (Only) Options

  • Emlid Reach M+ ( > Note At time of writing PX4 does not support RTK GPS with this module (only "ordinary" GPS). Support is expected in the near future.

Compass (Only) Options

RTK-GPS Devices

有关支持的设备和setup/配置的信息,请参阅边栏下的 RTK GPS


Primary GPS

GPS configuration on Pixhawk is handled transparently for the user - simply connect the GPS module to the port labeled GPS and everything should work.

The default Serial Port Configuration works for most devices. If you are using the Trimble MB-Two you will need to modify the configuration to explicitly set the rate to 115200 baud.

Secondary GPS (Dual GPS System)

To use a secondary GPS, attach it to any free port, and then perform a Serial Port Configuration to assign GPS_2_CONFIG to the selected port.

The following steps show how to configure a secondary GPS on the TELEM 2 port in QGroundControl:

  1. Find and set the parameter GPS_2_CONFIG to TELEM 2.
    • Open QGroundControl and navigate to the Vehicle Setup > Parameters section.
    • Select the GPS tab (1), then open the GPS_2_CONFIG parameter (2) and select TELEM 2 from the dropdown list (3). QGC Serial Example
  2. Reboot the vehicle in order to make the other parameters visible.
  3. Select the Serial tab, and open the SER_TEL2_BAUD parameter (TELEM 2 port baud rate): set it to Auto. QGC Serial Baudrate Example

After setting up the second GPS port:

  1. Configure the ECL/EKF2 estimator to blend data from both GPS systems. For detailed instructions see: Using the ECL EKF > Dual Receivers.


Compass calibration is covered in: Compass Configuration. The process is straightforward and will calibrate all connected magnetometers.

Additional configuration can be performed using the CALMAGx parameters (where x=0-3). Generally you will not need to modify these as compasses are autodetected, prioritised and are all calibrated at the same time (a possible exception is CAL_MAGx_EN which might be used to disable an internal compass). You may however wish to read them, as they will let you know which magnetometers are internal or external (CAL_MAGx_EN) and which is being uses as the main heading source (CAL_MAG_PRIME).

Developer Information

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