I think that we need to restart the blog on this. 

This guy built a 40 mm ball turret that would work great in small UAS's. He said that he would not sell it but i think having him post details of how he built would be nice.

Here is a video of tit working.

If anyone has other turret systems to share of Pan and tilt systems please post... I am looking for a good design to integrate into my UAS...

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Comment by Seth on March 12, 2012 at 10:42am

You can purchase a BTC-40 from MicroUAV.com. It appears he cribbed their design, thus why it's not for sale.

Comment by joe on March 12, 2012 at 12:21pm

adafruit is now selling a slip ring: http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2012/03/12/slip-ring-video/

This is the best price I've found. Ready made slip rings make turrets a lot easier to build.

Aside from the ball, all the parts are easily sourced for diy. I'm sure if you look around a suitable ball could be found though (toy stores, etc.)

Comment by Seth on March 12, 2012 at 1:12pm

Yes, U.S. patent 8000588, Miniaturized Turret-Mounted Camera Assembly.


Comment by UAS_Pilot on March 12, 2012 at 2:54pm

I know that you can get the turret from MicroUAV however he want 4000.00 usd and thats a bit steep for a 40 mm cam. I would like to build it for my self but I don't have the equipment for such a build. Just looking for a ARF or short kit to start from. But I am also open to other peoples ideas on a easy in expensive alternative. 

Thanks for the info...

Comment by Rick Stewart on March 13, 2012 at 1:01am
Comment by David M Eno on March 13, 2012 at 1:43am

I had no idea that they were that expensive.  I saw someone on the thread on RC were asking the builder to make a kit, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen.  Maybe one of us could convince the OP to do a post on here about it ??? 

Comment by Russkel on March 13, 2012 at 5:08am

I am reminded of Portal 2. Lol.

Comment by Grips on March 13, 2012 at 7:18am

has anyone used one of those slip rings yet?

Comment by Ryan Beall on March 13, 2012 at 7:52am

I followed this a couple months ago.  Funny thing was the company basically used scare tactics to shut the guy up claiming indirect patent infringement.  They kind of shot themselves in the foot because all the company really did was direct people to the patent and now everyone knows exactly how their "special sauce" works.  Specially in the communities we DIY'ers work in Pattent = free gimbal plans for all my friends.  I've already started working on "my version".  

Comment by James F. on March 13, 2012 at 9:51am

If you send me the hand drawings I can CAD it up for you.


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