PX4 Sapog and friends

30%203D%20printed%20enclosure.jpg?width=300Quite some time has passed since our last post on the topic, so it's time to make another one.


For those uninitiated, PX4 Sapog is an open source ESC design which you can get familiar with right here: kb.zubax.com/x/cYAh. Over the last months, the following noteworthy things happened to the project:

  • Proper documentation has finally been written: meet the Sapog Reference Manual. Feel free to contribute on Github.
  • The firmware has obtained a much more advanced spin-up algorithm (the new one is now documented in the Reference Manual).
  • After a brief interruption, Zubax Orel 20, which are Sapog-based ESC (pictured), are back in stock at Titan Elite.

I'd like to use this opportunity to remind users about the vices of believing the current capability characteristics stated in marketing materials of certain vendors of low-cost ESC. The issue was somewhat explained in our older post here, and here's a TL;DR: many of the widely used low-cost ESC tend to be unable to achieve the stated performance characteristics. Not ours, no sir.

What's next?

2%20Top%20view%20from%20the%20interface%20connectors.jpg?width=300The past few years have been spent working on a brand-new motor control solution which is intended to go much further than a simple ESC for a light UAV. Meet Télega - a completely new PMSM controller which incorporates several groundbreaking improvements which open new horizons for low-cost electric drives. Télega allows you to take virtually any existing low-cost electric drive, replace the existing legacy ESC in it with a Telega-based one, and gain 15% to 30% longer flight time as a result.

The teaser pic on the right shows the first motor controller design that is based on Telega, which we call Myxa. While the project is not really market-ready yet, we're looking for testers who are willing to work with us to weed out the remaining corner cases in exchange for certain benefits. Those who might be interested, please write us (or stop by our new lab in Tallinn, we have cookies).

Speaking of UAVs

logo.png?width=300The UAVCAN project has received an unexpected development: a new implementation has appeared, this time in Rust. Check out the project here on Github, and read the background discussion here.

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  • Hi, I would like to know if new ESC will be open sourced, and I would like to test early samples. sorry for the screen capture. and I made a new one.



  • Thanks, Jerry!

  • I have received your free sample for almost a year now, and have built a small batch from github Orel files. It works. 3702398320?profile=original

    and I have been working with my colleagues to implement a simple motor/rotor efficiency testing tool:



    you will need to build a motor base with load cell to measure thrust. and later torque might be implemented as well. we are still testing it. after functions tested code will be cleaned to PR on github.

    We are planning to implement ROS interface as well. our goal is to build a rover for land survey. but now strong breaking and reverse functin still now implemented as we wanted.

    thanks for your project, made many things possible and convenient 

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