Gyro-Stabilized PTZ Gimbal for UAVs


I am an ex-USAF Avionics Sensors guy, and I have always wanted a gyro stabilized laser targeting system. Now that I am all grown up, I'll settle for a gyro stabilized camera.


A little looking, and I found some nice UAV equipment.It's a little out of my price range at $10,000 for the day system and $20,000 for the FLIR system.


Now I know this is mechanically and electrically easy, but for me this could become time-consuming. Can we make a cost-effective system for our UAVs?


Some examples:


What do you guys think?

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  • It might help if you selected a camera first, and then looked for a suitable gimbal mount.  There are several hobbyist gimbal mounts that will do the trick, as well as many plans (cut it yourself out of thin wood) online.  I don't see how you would build the gimbal mount first, and then select the camera.
  • Developer

    Those metal/plast outdoor CCTV dome type of pan-tilts are usually very heavy and does not support roll rotation.

    The typical UAV gimbal system looks something like this.


  • This is the cheapest camera I could find that supports the necessary functions.

    I hope I can cram those GS1 servos in there...

  • Those GS-1 stabilized gyros look like they should do the trick. Now to find a lightweight BALANCED ptz mount. balance is the key when working with servos - the further away from the center of gravity, the bigger the servos need to be.


    Found another super-expensive company that produces gyro stabilized camera systems - and they have lasers!


  • How about starting with the Dunehaven GS-1 stabilized gyros, in a home-brew gimbal mount (or one of the many hobbyist mounts available)?  They might provide a lot of what you want, independent of platform.  There are also a few outrageously priced gimbal systems listed on my poorly categorized blog.
    Dunehaven Systems - GS-1 Gyro Servo
    Dunehaven Systems
  • 3D Robotics
    It's computationally easy (both ArduCopter and APM already output pan-tilt stabilization channels), but a good mechanical assembly is harder. Regular hobby servos don't cut it.
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