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Improve your flight-safety by adding redundancy with the intelligent bridge between two independent running autopilots in your RC-model
Universal, reliable, flexible, future-oriented, this is the AP-Manager.
Designed for the use of two independent running autopilot-systems in your RC-model.
For safety reason and testing purposes.
A must have for the serious commercial or private RC pilot and a step forward to a secure flight for you and your RC-model.
NEW: Extra feature for TRANSFORMER UAV (e.g. multicopter --> aircraft and back)
The requirements for the operation of unmanned aircrafts in commercial and semi-professional purposes have changed fundamentally in the past years in Europe and worldwide. ( FAA ) The regulations will get even more strictly in the future.
Depending on the application, the weight, the purpose, the situation, the flight area, spectators and some more reasons, SAFETY is becoming increasingly important.
Single point of failure and redundancy became the keywords for permissions and certifications from authorities and insurances.
Among other parts inside a system, redundancy of the autopilot system is meanwhile mandatory to follow the rules. Especially multicopters are very instable in their flight characteristics when it comes to malfunction of the stabilization system.
We therefore developed a redundancy circuit board which is an automatic monitoring and controlling bridge between two independent running autopilot systems, a mutual protection in case of malfunction in an autopilot system. Even if both autopilots fail (power supply, freezing controller…), the forwarding of the control signals for a manual flight of the aircraft, Delta or Helicopter is guaranteed.
This system also offers the possibility to switch manually between two different autopilot systems to test different software and sensor setups. Another benefit of the AP-Manager is that only one telemetry module is needed to monitor data of both autopilot systems (except for DJI autopilots, here you need two downlinks, from each autopilot seperate).
AP-Manager is a safe attendant for flying and testing of your unmanned aircraft.
AP-Manager provides the best safety for your aircraft, in case of malfunction in one autopilot system. If the primary autopilot system fails, the AP-Manager automatically switches within fractions of a second to the secondary autopilot system.
However, the switching can also be done manually by remote control. Hence the AP-Manager is the perfect companion to test the most recent updates or new parameter upgrades for your autopilot system.
Due to an intelligent control system, only one telemetry module is required (except DJI autopilots). The Data of each autopilot system can be monitored and changed during the flight separately. In addition, different types of autopilot systems can be operated alternately. AP-Manager is compatible with any autopilot system. The only requirement to an autopilot system is that it produces a periodically recurring signal like I2C communication or CAN bus to determine the state of health.
Currently, the autopilot systems:
- Ardupilots 2.5 / 2.6
- DJI NAZA V2
- NEW: DJI A2
- MikroKopter Flight Ctrl ME 2.1
have been tested successfully.
Basically there is no reason that other autopilot systems from other manufacturers won’t work. The board has been designed that all ports are compatible with the common used autopilot systems.
NOTE: No designates orientation for the AP-Manager is needed
- AP-Manager Board
- straight 3-pin header rows
- User Manual (online for download)
- Software (online for download)
It is not possible for us to test all possible systems and setup configurations combined with all variations of vehicles. For this reason we offer our ongoing adaption of the software to the wishes of the customers. The desires, priorities, or problems of the customers will be analyzed in a discussion forum to adjust and improve the AP-Manager and its software.
For the discussion forum check our website: www.GIZMOtec.eu
- Width: 40 mm
- Length: 65 mm
- Drill hole distances correspond to APM 2.5/2.6, as well as PX4 and Pixhawk
- Weight: approx. 20g
- Temperature range: 0°C to +50°C (32°F – 122°F)
- Supply voltage: 5V (+/- 5%)
- Separate or external servo power supply possible (for example, for high power servos)
- PPM Input and decoding in PWM for 8 channels
- (16 channels with a second AP-Manager board in preparation)