Do each of the steps below in sequence to install
your motor, servos, ESC, and Pixhawk.
- Building supplies
- Pixhawk pin
out and accessory locations
- Install the motor
- Install the servos
Configure the Electronic Speed Control (ESC)
- Install GPS/Compass(s)
airspeed pitot tube and sensor
- Install the Pixhawk and connect devices
- Soldering iron
- Rotary tool with cut off wheel
- Hot glue gun
- CA glue and CA activator
The UAV Mapper
parameter file configured for the following accessories and
Sony IR trigger cable
Canon USB trigger
Pin 53 Precise geotag feedback cable (both
hot shoe and
- Install the X mount and prop adapter. Use blue thread lock.
- Feed the three motor wires through the opening in the bottom of the motor mount. Mount the motor to the motor mount with the four 3mm x 8mm screws.
- Use needle nose pliers to push the servo wire through the hole in the bottom cover.
Install shrink tube after you push the servo wire through the bottom
- Install the pushrod as shown. Widen middle hole in the servo arm with 1/16"
drill bit so the pushrod will fit.
You will center the servos later when you
configure your Pixhawk and transmitter.
- Connect servo extensions and shrink tube (included).
- Connect a
JR style (yellow, red, brown) extension to the right wing servo.
Connect a Futaba style (white, red, black) to the left wing
- Tuck servo extension into groove on wing bottom and tack with hot glue. Do not use CA as it will be too permanent.
You must add power connectors and reprogram the Turnigy Plush 40 ESC.
- Solder a male HXT60 connector and female 3.5 mm on to the ESC.
- In this order - Connect your Plush 40 ESC to a
Turnigy ESC programming card, then connect your battery to your power module as shown.
- Use the Arrow buttons to set:
- Brake to ON so your propeller is less likely to strike the ground during landings.
- Battery Type to NI-xx so the ESC does not automatically shut off power to the motor if
the battery voltage drops below ~ 10 volts. This is designed to save your Lipo battery from over discharging damage, but is
undesirable when the Pixhawk can monitor voltage.
- Press the OK button to save changes.
- Set on ESC Velcro in body as shown. Do not connect to motor.
- Stick loop Velcro to bottom of components.
- Pull GPS/compass wires through wing and body.
- Zip tie the pitot tube to the pitot tube mount.
- Insert the pitot tube tubing through the body and wing.
- Connect the tubing to the pitot tube.
- Stick the loop Velcro to the airspeed sensor and install as shown.
- Stick Velcro loops to Pixhawk and I2C splitter. Install as shown.
- MAIN OUT 1 - Connect a
JR style (yellow, red, brown) extension.
- MAIN OUT 2 - Connect a Futaba style (white,
red, black) extension.
- MAIN OUT 3 - ESC
Note: Black or brown wires up.
- Connect I2C sensors with DF13 4 to 4 wires:
- Connect I2C Splitter to I2C port on Pixhawk.
- Connect airspeed sensor to I2C splitter.
- If you're installing two GPS, just connect ONE of I2C
compass (4 pin) plugs to the I2C Splitter. The Pixhawk does
not support dual external I2C compasses, only dual GPS.
- Connect the primary GPS to the GPS port on the Pixhawk.
- Connect the secondary GPS to Serial 4/5.
Note: Unused I2C cable. This is the compass from
the secondary GPS. Do not connect it to the I2C splitter.
- Connect a DF13 6 to 6 to the telemetry radio. Connect the other end to
TELEM 1 on the Pixhawk.
- Stick loop Velcro to the bottom of the telemetry radio and install as shown.
- Connect the power module to the POWER port on the Pixhawk using a DF13 6 to 6 cable.
- Install the Spektrum satellite receiver as shown. You will still
bind it before you connect it to the SPK/DSM port on the
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