Good day. I am building my first drone which will be sponsored by my company. I am a helicopter guy so I have some experience on the build process. I also have one sport drone so I am familiar on basic setup.
It is a Proof of Concept for my company. The drone will be using a S500 frame with 920kv motors, 1045 props, HW Skywalker or XRotor ESCs, separate PDB and a 3S 5000mah lipo. The payload I can only say is an onboard computer with some sensors.
My problem is I will be operating on a restricted budget and most of it will be concentrated on the payload. So my dillema now is to get a good FC which is not expensive but will still be reliable and has good community support.
Holybro Pixhawk Mini - I know that this is already discontinued but there are a lot still lying around. It already has a GPS on the package. I know it is based on the older FMUv2 but I am hoping if it can still support the latest Arducopter firmware?
CUAV Pixhawk 2.4.6 - Another FMUv2 board but it is within budget and can support latest Arducopter firmware I suppose?
Another one I am considering is the CUAV Pixhack Nano but I am unsure if the manufacturer is still supporting it. (I am disappointed for they have not responded to my queries).
My only main concern is if the manufacturers can guarantee a fast turnaround time in case I need a replacement.
Also I live in Malaysia, so getting the other known brands might give a longer processing time as well as adding up additional importation costs.
Any advice is appreciated.