First Flight Tester Gyroscope

Platform for research and development with Drones

First Flight Tester Gyroscope

The FFT GYRO system is a safe test bed that helps to understand, develop and implement control laws for flight dynamics of vertical take-off and landing vehicles without putting at risk the equipment. It can be connected to MATLAB / Simulink to accelerate the test and implementation of the algorithms. Thanks to the safe structure, the system can be installed in a classroom or a lab, were students can get a closer look and get a deep understanding of the vehicles dynamics and control. Ask for the Series 290, 450 or a custom build.

Overview

The system is a platform with 3 DOF. A multi-rotor can be attached to a plate, which can hold different types and sizes and align the geometric center to the center of rotation of the FFT GYRO, letting the vehicle move about it’s real geometric center, and not eccentrically. The structure is designed to allow free rotation about the main axes. The gimbals are equipped with slip rings, so there is no limitation in the rotation of the parts and the connections. The system has three encoders and DC motors (optional). To measure the true roll, pitch and yaw angles of the drone, high-resolution magnetic absolute multi-turn encoders are used. And the DC motors can simulate external forces as disturbances, to perform validations of the robustness for the control laws. The gimbals are made of high-quality carbon fiber, to reduce the inertia that might be added to the system and maintain the properties of a rigid structure.

Applications

Test and validate novel control algorithms

Implementation of algorithms in real drones

Secure first UAV pilot training phase

Easier onboard sensors calibration

Engineering training laboratory practices

Pro-pilot training and performance review

See It In Action

Made For Researchers & Developers

Designed to implement novel control algorithms, test and validate them efficiently.

Safe collision-free environment

Different types of drones can be attached to perform flight test safely. Tune your orientation controller before an accident occurs. You can install this in a classroom to teach students the use and control of UAVs.

Angular position measurement

High-resolution magnetic encoders to measure roll, pitch and yaw angles with high precision and no drift at all. Slip-rings allows absolute free rotation in the 3 DOF. Also, the encoders can be replaced with motors to simulate external forces.

High quality materials and electronics

Light and strong carbon fiber, reducing extra weight to the vehicle. The system can be connected to MATLAB/ Simulink or any other platform, we provide you tools and support.

Product Details

  • Compatible with different types of multi-rotors, and sizes, from 100mm to 500mm rotor to rotor distance, for bigger drones ask for a custom build.
  • Three degrees of freedom about the main axes, roll, pitch and yaw angles.
  • Slip rings that allows free rotation about any of the Euler angles.
  • High-resolution magnetic absolute encoders, with multiple turns.
  • Mechanically balanced design, reducing any disturbance in the rotation dynamics.
  • High-quality carbon fiber gimbals, strong for reducing deflection issues and light to minimize extra weight and inertia added to the vehicle dynamics.
  • Sensing and control operation from MATLAB / Simulink (LabVIEW in development).
  • The motors can be driven by current or voltage, so torque, rotation speed or angular position control could be implemented.
  • Fully documented systems models and parameters.
  • Robust and heavy-duty machined components.
  • External aluminum frame, that can be customizable.
  Series 290 Series 450
Dimensions – H x W x L 96cm x 63cm x 63cm 100cm x 85cm x 85cm
Device mass 28 Kg 49 Kg
Encoder resolution 0.0879° (12-bits) 0.0879° (12-bits)
Motor power 15.3 Kg × cm 15.3 Kg × cm
Plate (roll) mass 435 gr 745 gr
Inner Gimbal (pitch) mass 650 gr 827 gr
Outer Gimbal (yaw) mass 500 gr 524 gr
Roll, pitch and yaw range 360° (multi-turn) 360° (multi-turn)
Multi-rotor compatible sizes 100mm to 300mm rotor to rotor distance. 300mm to 500mm rotor to rotor distance.
Power specs 12 V, 5 A, 120W 12 V, 5 A, 120W
Communication protocols   USB2.0, serial port, 100 Hz. USB2.0, serial port, 100 Hz.
"In our group we work with quadrotors from different aspects of Control Systems where we have made different developments. With the FFT-Gyro we have been working on the experimental validation of fault detection algorithms in sensors and actuators in quadrotors. The system has helped us a lot since UAVs can be "flown" in the laboratory and has an easy-to-use software and data acquisition system that allows us to focus on our algorithms and not consume time in other practical aspects. We have received a very effective technical support from Eureka Dynamics and the new version of the FFT-Gyro already includes improvements based on the feedback we have given them. The results of our work are under review in high-impact journals. "
Dr. Guillermo Valencia-Palomo
ITH Professor/Researcher
"We had been designing flight control systems for VANTs for a long time using orthodox techniques such as fastening the vehicle with loops at the ends or with expert pilots who were responsible for carrying out the flight tests. With the FFT-Gyro this process is very simple since tuning tests are carried out in a controlled and safe environment, in addition you can train the new pilots in the platform, thus reducing the risks involved in flying without previous experience. It is easy to test new controllers in the prototype, as well as the design of diagnostic systems and fault tolerant control because it has a built-in data acquisition system. In general, the Eureka-Dynamics gyroscope has become a vital equipment in the automation and control laboratory of our postgraduate program."
Dr. Francisco Ronay Lopez-Estrada
ITTG Professor/Researcher

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