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Attaching STELLA to Phantom

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision Discussion' started by taylorrc123, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. taylorrc123

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    Here is the Stella Gimbal :
    http://xaircraftamerica.com/products/st ... ess-gimbal

    I'm trying to get this mounted to my phantom vision to test how it works.

    So far I've gotten the gimbal attached with a variety of nuts, bolts, and a piece of sheet metal.

    But the gimbal sits lower then the phantom standoffs, anyone know of any extensions I can buy? or another way to mount the Stella?

    If you have any questions about the Stella let me know! I'm pretty impressed with it for how cheap it is.

    Thanks, Taylor
     
  2. ProfessorStein

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    Interesting. Looks like there's also an adapter available (from FPVguy) http://www.shapeways.com/model/1702769/ ... -quad.html

    There are extended legs available for the Phantom, yes. Several different makes, actually.
    http://www.rangevideo.com/en/dji/452-ex ... Mgodf2gAAw
    http://www.amazon.com/Hobbypower-Landin ... B00IGRYODS
    (and probably more)

    Or you can just go getto and zip tie something to the bottom of your existing legs (cut rubber grommets are popular, if they can give you enough clearance)
     
  3. taylorrc123

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    Thank You!

    Ya I've seen FPV Guys mount which looks great, I just didn't want to wait for the build + shipping.

    I probably order one of those extended legs, but the zip ties sounds like a good idea while I wait!

    Thanks Again, Taylor
     
  4. ProfessorStein

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    Just be a little careful... those legs tend to make the Phantom a little more tipsy on take-off/landing (because the COG is higher).

    On takeoff, make sure you gun the throttle so you don't give the bird a chance to tip, and on landing make sure you either hand catch or have a nice solid level surface to set 'er down on.
     
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    So what all did you have to do to get everything working? I assume, even over and above the physical installation/mounting, it's not entirely plug-and-play?
     
  6. taylorrc123

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    Definitely not plug n play.
    But the Stella can be plugged into the computer and controlled easily.

    Currently, I am just setting the Stella to a set position facing straight down to see how well the stabilization actually works.

    To do this I am going to have to connect the Stella to a lipo or to the phantom battery.

    But to actually control the Stella during flight I would need to connect a transmitter and something else that I can't remember right now.
    When I get things working I'll post some pics. Right now everything is looking pretty ghetto.

    Taylor