40mm retractable camera turret

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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    has anyone used one of those slip rings yet?

  • I am reminded of Portal 2. Lol.

  • 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 ??? 

  • http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1564878

    As requested, the build log.

  • 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...

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



  • 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.)

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


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