Basic Configuration

This section contains essential configuration topics, including how to install firmware onto the flight controller hardware, selecting an airframe, and configure the core sensors that PX4 needs to be present on every vehicle (compass, GPS, gyro etc.)

The configuration process is executed using QGroundConrol and consists of these major steps:

  • Selecting the airframe on which the autopilot is installed (plane, multicopter, VTOL, etc.)
  • Specifying the autopilot/sensor orientation and calibrating the vehicle's sensors.
  • Optional: Calibrating the radio control (PX4 can be flown without a radio control using QGroundControl on a desktop of mobile ground station).
  • Optional: Selecting which switches of the radio control should switch the system between different flight modes.

Configuration & calibration instructions are linked from the sidebar and/or you can follow the video guide below.

Before starting this section you should Download QGroundControl and install it on your desktop computer (QGroundControl does not support vehicle configuration on mobile platforms).

For a supported airframe only this basic configuration is required. If you're creating a new airframe you will additionally need to perform vehicle tuning (see Advanced Configuration).

Video Guide

The video below shows the calibration process in detail.


If you need help with the configuration you can ask for help on the QGroundControl Support forum.

Further Information

© PX4 Dev Team. License: CC BY 4.0            Updated: 2018-12-05 20:53:27

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