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VOXL m500 - Development Drone for PX4 GPS-Denied Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance


VOXL m500 - Development Drone for PX4 GPS-Denied Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance

Expected to ship within 10 business days from San Diego, CA

Development Drone Assembled in USA

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Smart Autonomy

Develop PX4 autonomous flight quickly with this open and fully programmable bind and fly development drone. This is the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Development Drone you have been looking for! Our VOXL m500 drone is built from the popular s500 hobby kit and includes a Snapdragon-based VOXL Flight Deck configured and tested for GPS-based autonomous flight and indoor GPS-denied navigation. Obstacle avoidance stereo cameras come mounted and calibrated. This is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon reference drone, ready for advanced autonomy development. Our goal with the m500 is to get developers up and running on VOXL® quickly, so they can build their next great sUAS applications!

Note: The m500 typically ships within 10 business days of order.

State-of-the-Art Computer Vision Development Features

Safe Autonomous Navigation

Qualcomm Snapdragon-based VOXL Flight companion computer and PX4 flight controller in a single PCB for computer vision, navigation, obstacle avoidance. VOXL is an evolution of the Qualcomm Flight Pro architecture.

Mounted and calibrated stereo sensors for depth mapping and obstacle avoidance

Mounted and calibrated tracking sensor for VIO and GPS-denied navigation

4k high-resolution FPV sensor

Spekrum RC satellite receiver for remote control (transmitter not included)

Flying Deep Learning/AI 

The VOXL supports TensorFlow Lite for real-time AI on a drone

Technical Details 

There are 3 variants of the m500 available:

  • m500 with VOXL Flight. VOXL obstacle avoidance, GPS-denied navigation and PX4.
  • m500 Core - Flight Core only, no VOXL. This is a ready to fly PX4 development drone with no computer vision capabilities.

Developers can find comprehensive details on building a developer drone at docs.modalai.com


What is Included?

A fully flight tested m500 drone as shown in pictures, except for battery and RC transmitter. Including:

  • s500 frame customized with VOXL Flight Deck
  • Motors, propellers, ESCs
  • GPS+Mag
  • 4k image sensor, stereo sensors, tracking sensor that are installed, vibration dampened, mounted, calibrated and tested

Not Included

Additional Accessories

User's Guides

User's Guide

    Walk-through Video

    m500 Models

    SKU Description Status
    Uses the VOXL-Flight board, 4" screw-on landing gear Active

    Additional Components

    Required components sold separately:


    Export Compliance

    • HS Code: 8802.11.00.14
    • ECCN: EAR99
    • All of the PCBAs are designed and manufactured in the US. The m500 is assembled and flight tested in San Diego, CA. Some sub-assembly components come from China. contact@modalai.com for questions.