New Easy Star Accessory - Electronics Chassis

Hello Everyone

The Easy Star Electronics Chassis is being added to the DIY Drones store today. This accessory allows you to mount your APM/Oilpan, GPS Module (Mediatek or uBlox), Differential Pressure Breakout, Receiver, and pan/tilt camera mount on your Easy Star. The chassis provides access to the CLI switch, USB connector, and the Reset button as well as providing a clear view of the ‘ABC’ LED’s on the Oilpan at all times. It is also compatible with two GPS modules; the uBlox module can be mounted to the vertical plate near the back and the Mediatek gps module fits perfectly on the shelf above that (or you could use some double sided tape and stick any module anywhere). Most receivers should fit on the top base and can easily route wires to the APM beneath. The APM is mounted on the bottom and once it is mounted there is no reason to take it out as everything is accessible, but if the need arises, the bottom plate is designed to pop out more easily than the rest of the chassis so there is no need to take it all apart.

The chassis will be sold in two configurations, one with the pan/tilt camera mount (which you might recognize from Jeff’s post earlier in the week) and one without. Hope you like it and happy flying.


ps. we have flown this with the camera configuration as shown and having the camera off center doesn’t seem to pose a problem. Mounting it this way allows for a less obstructed view, as well as the ability to look down :).

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Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on August 18, 2011 at 4:22pm
And where wwre you a year ago when I began this craziness???
Comment by Hyon Lim on August 18, 2011 at 4:23pm

Is the CAD open?

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on August 18, 2011 at 4:26pm
Davey: ahahah working hard in school.
Hyon: CAD is open source, we are just trying to figure out the best way to distribute it at the moment.
Comment by Jeff Taylor on August 18, 2011 at 5:36pm

This is an awesome add-on to the EasyStar, it really cleans things up and gives a good viewing angle for FPV. In a clockwise loiter you can control the camera manually to get a good look at whatever you're circling ;)

Comment by Hai Tran on August 18, 2011 at 5:50pm

How about a Skywalker version of this?

Comment by Sandro Benigno on August 18, 2011 at 5:56pm

Great job, guys. I have no EasyStar yet, but I love it.
Probably it will fit nicely on Bixler too, right?
What is the material? Looks like black FR4.

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on August 18, 2011 at 6:03pm
Sandro, yup black fr4. Not sure how it fits on the bixler, we have one coming our way but they have been backordered for a while. Per Chris' request there will be a bixler version as soon as we get the plane in and make sure everything fits right and its flyable.

Hai, why not right??? We'll work on it ;)

Comment by healthyfatboy on August 18, 2011 at 6:26pm

Looks excellent! Hopefully it fits nicely with a Bixler/SkySurfer as they are nearly identical to the EasyStar.

Comment by RC on August 18, 2011 at 9:28pm

Nice work. What battery size do you use to get a proper CG? Have you tested to mount an xbee on it as well?

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on August 18, 2011 at 9:37pm

Ive flown with the turnigy 2650 and the rhino 2250 both 3s. We stuff the battery as far back as it goes in between the servos and it works fine. As far as the xbee, i haven't put an xbee on the chassis , but its usually better to have it away from the gps, receiver ,etc.  If you have to pick between the two battery packs above, i like how the rhino fits better.



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