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Really cheap flight or test hardware.

Posted by: idiom - Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:39 am
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Post Really cheap flight or test hardware.   Posted on: Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:39 am
Anyone seen a smaller PC than this? Only $150 but thats a bit up there...

http://www.gumstix.com/store/catalog/pr ... cts_id=211

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Post Smallest PC   Posted on: Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:05 pm
What do you consider a PC?
This is a processor for a PDA.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:20 pm
Ive got a great Shuttle, tiny little thing!

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Couple years old though, i imagine my Iphone prob has more power than this now haha!

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:10 pm
Wow! Rob thats pretty sporty looking! I like it :) All it needs now is a peroxide rocket and you have the worlds fastest PC. Hummmm thats an angle I had not thought of.
hahahaha!

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Post Re: Smallest PC   Posted on: Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:53 pm
MisterQED wrote:
What do you consider a PC?
This is a processor for a PDA.

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Its got enough guts to do a fair amount of stuff without risk of being encumbered and enough I/O to look after servo's radio telemetry etc all without being difficult to code for.

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Post    Posted on: Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:06 am
We use computers in the PC-104 form factor, with most of the cards manufactured by Diamond.

They are pretty much the smallest ones you can get that are built specifically for the types of things we need them for, like making PWM signals, reading analog channels, setting digital and relay outputs, etc.


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Post Re: Really cheap flight or test hardware.   Posted on: Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:51 am
Apparently these are about $40 and run on Python?

Synapse RF Engines

SYNAPSE RF Engine PDF

Enough I/O for what I need, I think.

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Post Re: Really cheap flight or test hardware.   Posted on: Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:18 pm
http://www.arduino.cc/

Not exactly a proper PC, but they have very low power requirements and they're dirt cheap.

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Post Re: Really cheap flight or test hardware.   Posted on: Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:24 pm
http://www.gumstix.com/

used these as a part of a UAV project for my senior design class a few years back. well worth looking into


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Post Re: Really cheap flight or test hardware.   Posted on: Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:38 am
We are using 2 Arduino's linked together for our ground test setup, running valves/solenoids etc.
Cheapest way for us to get set up doing this kinda stuff, not sure if its the easiest, I'd have to ask David, my man programming it all!!!


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Post Re: Really cheap flight or test hardware.   Posted on: Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:08 pm
It's all about requirements guys. If you need simple PWM/DAC/ADC stuff, use an Atmel device like this one: http://www.atmel.com/dyn/resources/prod ... /8159S.pdf The development environments are less than the cost of a PC and the devices are really cheap. I've run a 200Hz PID controller on an older version of this device (tho I did have to hard-code some of the floating point constant math to make it fast enough).

Full development kit with breadboard, $199 from Mouser

http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Atm ... GGmg%3d%3d

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Post Re: Really cheap flight or test hardware.   Posted on: Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:11 pm
For a good, cheap data logger I recommend the DATAQ DI-148U starter kit:
It's at: http://www.dataq.com/products/startkit/di148.htm .

8 channels, 10 bit resolution, 6 bidirectional digital, and USB. Self powered. Just install the simple driver, SW that can plot, and it goes.

All for $50 US. I have 2 and will be using them as part of a standard motor test "kit" that I will be marketing for small engines--small enough for the tabletop kit. I will be testing it wearing goggles, right in front of me, like I were testing a model plane engine, which, in a sense, this is.

The 1st engine to be built, tested will be for Stage-3, because its performance so strongly affects the total rocket size. By measuring flow rate and pressure I intend to find C*, from which vacuum Isp can be predicted to within a few %. Looking for 1550 or more m/sec on propane/LOX, for Isp over 250. 1700 is reasonable expectancy for Isp closer to 300.

The engine is to have a vacuum thrust of about 15N, and weigh less than 75 grams, including the TVC servos. 2nd stage engine is to be about ten times that--still in the "tabletop" size.

Microlaunchers is still searching for interested participants for the entry, and a production run of about 100 vehicles, to be marked for 125 gram "Pocket Cube" launchers. I don't expect to find any here, but if seriously interested, I can be reached at the ML email address.

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