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New Easy Star Accessory - Electronics Chassis

3689420649?profile=originalHello 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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  • hi guys is there any news on the bixler chassis yet please

  • 3D Robotics

    Easy Star Chassis is back in stock today! we are waiting on some materials but we hope to have a Bixler chassis sometime next week :)

  • Thanks a lot for your replays, never thought I was going to learn so much about anti-static packaging today :-) .


  • Developer

    OK. So, your foam isn't conductive. In fact it isn't antistatic ones.

    It's just low-charging (will not create harmful charges by friction... just it).

    Here goes a picture of the one I were talking about (the conductive one):


  • I put the foam between the probes, and i could not measure it (1 MΩ <). Even when I measure my body I got less resistance than that.

    The pink or green bags are made of low-charging material, i.e. the bag itself will not create harmful charges, but will not protect theitem from electric fields.

    - Antistatic bag on Wikipedia

    Are you guys sure it does conduct?

    I got access to a high grade insulation tester at my work, can blast 5000 V troughthe material. I will test it there on Monday.

  • Developer

    Peter, sounds not recommended. Press the foam between the two multimeter probes and you will see lower resistance values. We should expect weird things happening due to vibrations and inertial forces.

  • I tested the resistant and got 1 MΩ < . So I took a chance and put power on the board. Everything worked fine, but this is only about 5V. I guess the result would be something different with some high voltage static shock.


  • I *think* antistatic bags are conductive. Thats why they work. They hold the same potential on all pins so there is no potential difference in the case of a static shock.
  • I used the pink bags the APU and IMU came in. I am quit sure this is anti-static bag, and a good material for this purpose. Or am I wrong about this?


  • Distributor

    Be careful so that you are not using conductive foam for the middle layer. Conductive foam is common as packaging material. http://conductivefoam.net/

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