Originally Posted by rv72004
Rainier , when will you have specs on your servos? Sound promising. Will you also offer stand alone autopilots?
And while I have your attention, any news of producing a transponder ?
We have a mode-s transponder design ready to roll but it has been but on ice for now due to the frightening certification issues (we need to do both EASA and FAA). We want to first get the V6 and V15 radios out plus the V20 nav radio (certification is easier with those) - once that has been done we can concentrate on fighting the red-tape for the xponder (is it not funny that the actual design is much easier than the red tape that follows ??).
No. We will not do that as we do not want to compete with Trio. Trio has been helpful and very supportive of us and we will repay in kind. Trio will have access to our servos as well so they will be able to offer the same flexibility in future.
We have not released specs or even pictures yet but it looks like we will offer two servos that are different only in torque specs (both maximum as well as residual torque).
The strongest servo does about 15Nm (electronically adjustable down to about 2Nm). This is a lot of force and much more than most aircraft need so we have now added a 8Nm maximum torque version as well.
The servos are capable of measuring force so they can be used for true trim (as opposed to computed trim commands from over/undershoot integration times).
Very unique is a completely contactless and wear-free, high resolution position feedback system (to less than 0.2 degrees repeatable output shaft resolution). The servo is also very fast which is a bonus for autopilots that are able to fly an aircraft in bad turbulence.
Mounting is compatible with certain other servos out there but with some additional hacks to avoid the need for brackets in some applications.
Weights and overall dimensions are also quite similar to other servos while power consumption is down when compared to other stepper motor based solutions.
The servo, as extra bonus, operates on both 12V and 24V systems and can operate down to unusualy low voltages.
For interfacing it supports both RS232 as well as CAN.
The protocols required to drive this servo will be published, as promised, so anybody, including our competitiors can use these servos to add direct autopilot functionality to their products without having to go through the pain of developing a servo.
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