Sending sensor data from Pixhawk as Mavlink packets through serial port

I want to use a raspberry pi 4B as an onboard companion computer with pixhawk 4. I want to continuously send sensor data from pixhawk to raspberry pi. I have read about Mavros and Mavsdk, but I want to know if it is possible to send these data as Mavlink packets through a serial port without having to use the aforementioned protocols.

So what you’re saying is that you don’t want to use MAVSDK or MAVROS? If yes, I would be interested to learn why that is, or what your concerns are.

You can basically just parse MAVLink yourself like in this example:

@JulianOes It’s not that I don’t want to use MAVROS or MAVSDK. I wanted to learn about various available communication protocols, their benefits and the challenges associated with them. I am very new to this and different people are suggesting me different things so I thought it would be a good idea to learn about all of them and then make a sound decision.

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MAVSDK tries to give you a limited but easy to use API with various language wrappers. It abstracts away the MAVLink meta protocols like how to upload a mission or command retransmission, etc.

MAVROS on the other side is an adapter if you’re coming from the ROS side, so it makes it easier to integrate with ROS.

@JulianOes Thanks for the information. I am using MAVROS right now. Currently, I am working towards creating a new package and a ROS node which will subscribe to the sensor data (acceleration, attitude, angular rate, etc), run a h-infinity controller to compute the actuator commands, and publish these values in the actuator control topic.


Could you please tell me more about your plan to use H-inf to control the drone?
Thank you

@xx11xx I am going to implement and test H-inf controller for my research on uncertainty quantification. I have not yet started on it. Currently, working on system identification to get a good model.


I have some question for you about the px4 data outputting.

How do you make sure the data from EKF2 is outputting at a PRECISE rate, so that your controller on the companion computer can run correctly.

Do you have an email, so I could communicate with you easier?

Thank you.

@xx11xx as I said, I have not yet started working on the controller. I am building on to it. For now, I’m just reading and saving the pixhawk data at 25 Hz frequency. If you have any other questions, you can reach out to me at