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GimbalCtrl


http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/sonstiges/Button-Baugruppe/Button350x150/Button_GimbalCtrl.jpg?m=1511852828
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INFO

The following software version is required for the operation of the GimbalCtrl:

  • - FlightCtrl + NaviCtrl V2.20 or later
    - AlexMos V2.66b2 or later





GimbalCtrl

http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalCtrl.jpg?m=1511795270


The GimbalCtrl controls nick, roll and yaw of an AlexMos Brushless Gimbal.

Optionally, up to 3 switching outputs can be used (e.g. to trigger a photo camera).

During a waypoint flight you can control the angle for nick exactly. The nick- and roll angle will also be recorded in the LOG-File and also in TXT-File.







Connection

Connection FlightCtrl

  • Connect the GimbalCtrl with the I2C-Bus of your MikroKopter FlightCtrl.

    http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalCtrl-Anschluss1.jpg?m=1511795271


Connection AlexMos

  • On your AlexMos-Board we use the serial "RC"-input (GND, RC_Rx and RC_Tx).
    This has the advantage that you can optionally connect e.g. a Bluetooth connection via the serial input.

    http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalCtrl-Extended-Serial.jpg?m=1518702469 http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalCtrl-Tiny-Serial.jpg?m=1516803727 http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalCtrl-Serial1.jpg?m=1516803726







Setting AlexMos

First you activate the serial RC-input under RC settings

  • RC_ROLL pin mode => SBGC Serial API

The GimbalCtrl need a serial speed of 9600 Baud.
This you can set under Hardware

  • RC_SERIAL_port speed => 9600

The speed for Main serial port speed and UART2 port speed can stay at 11520 Baud.
If you use e.g. a Bluetooth connection on the normal serial port you can use the fast speed.

For a 3-axes gimbal you have also to activate FollowYAW under Follow mode.

  • http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/Einstellung-AlexMos_RC_Settings_V2_66b2.jpg?m=1516804497 http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/Einstellung-AlexMos_Hardware_V2_66b2.jpg?m=1516804497 http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/Einstellung-AlexMos_Follow_Mode_V2_66b2.jpg?m=1516804496





Setting KopterTool

Nick-Roll-Yaw

http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/Einstellung.jpg?m=1517903737


To control the Funktion nick, roll and yaw via the GimbalCtrl you need 3 free channels.

You can setup this channes under Camera (nick, roll) and CamCtrl (YAW Channel) in the KopterTool.





Switching outputs

http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/Einstellung2.jpg?m=1517903738


http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalCtrl%2BSchaltausgang2.jpg?m=1512040229
connection example



Optionally, up to 3 switching outputs can be used.

  • Out1
    • Pad1 (switch to GND)

    • Pad3 (switch to 3,3V)

  • Out2
    • Pad8 (switch to GND)

    • Pad4 (switch to 3,3V)

  • Trigger
    • Pad9 (is working parallel with the Output "Out1" in your MikroKopter)

So you can e.g. trigger a camera or running a script in your AlexMos gimbal.

INFO: The switching outputs are max. 100mA loadable !!!
Do you want to switch more load (z.B. LED-Streifen) please use e.g. a ExtensionPCB.

With the KopterTool you can set the switching output Out1/Out2 with a free channel.
(CamCtrl -> Out1/Out2)

The switching output "Trigger" is parallel with the "switching output 1" of your FlightCtrl.





GimbalCtrl - LED

the GimbalCtrl has a red and green led:

  • green LED => ON

  • red LED => fast flashing

    => GimbalCtrl is connect via I2C on your FlightCtrl. Brushless Gimbal was not recognized (the connection is wrong, gimbal is OFF ...)


  • green LED => flashing slow

  • red LED => OFF

    => GimbalCtrl is connect via I2C on your FlightCtrl. Brushless Gimbal was detected.









I2C-Adapter for 3-axes Gimbal

http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalCtrl-Anschluss2.jpg?m=1511796296
http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/I2C-Adapter.jpg?m=1511795272


On an 3-axes gimbal you can damage external routed cable if you yaw the gimbal.
It the gimbal offers 4 free wires via the sliding contact in the yaw motor you can also route the I2C bus down to the gimbal.

In the example on the right you can see how the I2C bus can be looped through.

To make such an adapter you need:


If this is done you can use on the gimbal the GimbalCtrl and also the CamCtrl at the same time.

So you use several functions over only a few cables and prevents entanglement while yawing the gimbal.





Angle

http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalAngle.jpg?m=1512563906



If you control a gimbal with a servo connection, the set angle (in a waypoint flight) is not the real angle. The number you set for the angle is added to the servo value.

With the GimbalCtrl you can set and use now the real angle. So when you set e.g. 90 for the angle, the gimbal will look 90° down.





LOG-File - TXT-File

http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalAngle-GPX.jpg?m=1511861504
http://gallery3.mikrokopter.de/var/albums/intern/MK-Baugruppen/GimbalCtrl/GimbalAngle-TXT.jpg?m=1511861504



The inclination of the gimbal for nick and roll in degrees is stored continuously in the LOG file in the column Gimbal.



In addition, the nick / roll angle is recorded in the extra TXT file for each triggered photo.





Separate supply with two Lipos

The GimbalCtrl has a high-impedance protective resistor between the GND terminals. If you use now one Lipo for your copter and a seperate lipo only for your brushless gimbal you have to connect the GND of both lipos together. Otherwise the GimbalCtrl will not work.

Attention: Make sure that the polarity is correct when connecting.