Rock ESC - a new, open source, high performance Electronic Speed Controller project

Hello everybody,

My name is Adam Miłosz and I'm on of the guys working on Rock ESC.


Just to give you the idea of the ESC that we want to develop, here are the highlights of the planned features:
• super fast motor response time,
• overcurrent protection,
• open source software,
• high current handling - up to 50A or 85A (with additional FETs),
• 3s-6s capable
• hardware capable of handling advanced control algorithms,
• MK compatible - the same basic I2C protocol,
• PPM, I2C, UART and CAN interfaces supported,
• USB interface - connect it directly to your PC, no need for additional converters,
• custom startup tunes.


So basically Rock is a high performance, easy to use ESC that is designed for heavy lift aircraft.
The project is being financed through a crowd funding campaign at IndieGoGo.com, so for more details click here: http://www.indiegogo.com/Rock-ESC?a=314216


We need your support!
The way it works is through a reward system. By the time Rock ESC is finished everybody who will contribute will get a reward, based on the donation amount. So what's it in for you?


To put it simply, by backing this project you will get:
• fine ESCs,
• badges,
• t-shirts,
• open source software
• a wiki page
• artistic value (?!) - see perk 2 on the right at IndieGoGo,
• updates on our progress
• future products,
• your personal satisfaction.


By backing Rock ESC you are helping us manufacture the first line of ESC. We also want to use the funds to get the equipment needed to finish this project - an oscilloscope, an ammeter, different motors and batteries.
There is no risk for you as a supporter - if we fail to raise a sum that's sufficient to complete the project, your donations will be returned.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2011 at 10:59am

Sounds great! I've contributed...

Comment by Adam on December 10, 2011 at 11:05am

Thanks Chris, we really appreciate it :)

Comment by bGatti on December 10, 2011 at 11:58am

well done.

Comment by Brian on December 10, 2011 at 8:15pm

Hare you seen the OpenPilot ESC?


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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on December 10, 2011 at 8:45pm

Looks great, can't wait to see what you can come up. Contributed. Now Rock'on

Comment by Martin Szymanski on December 10, 2011 at 8:46pm

Great development for the many to test.

Comment by Adam on December 11, 2011 at 1:56am

@ bGatti: Yes, we've seen the OpenPilot ESC as well as ESC32. Our feature set is greater than what they currently propose, but it's hard to compare Rock with the other two. We have some objections about their current design choices, but we'd rather not go into further detail until they've published their final specs.

Comment by Pierre V on December 13, 2011 at 12:35am

Nice project. I've contributed also. With ESC32 we've two open source projects although ESC32 status isn't yet clear.

Comment by Adam on February 3, 2012 at 9:49am

Here's a quick update on our project:


* We managed to finish the board design
* The first few PCBs are being manufactured as I am writing this
* We bought the scope and all the parts needed to make the first line of ESCs

For more details visit your IndieGoGo page:
http://www.indiegogo.com/Rock-ESC?a=314216

Thanks for the support, you guys rock \m/

Comment by Adam on March 14, 2012 at 12:23pm

Just a small update, the proto-board is here:

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