Topic: Buy prototype UAVCAN UC4H ESC nodes for Tom Pittinger Mark Whitehorn, Francisco Ferreira and Leonard Hall.
Proposal type: Hardware [X ] , Software [ ] , Other [ ] : _________________
Description: UAVCAN ESC nodes for Kiss 32 ESC’s to explore integration of low cost DIY UAVCAN devices into the Ardupilot environment.
UAVCAN brings simpler wiring, easy monitoring of hardware status, single cable type with daisy chained devices and eliminates ringing out cables to get RX/TX etc correct. A full UAVCAN aircraft can have only three connections to the flight controller - CANbus, Power and RCIN for a completely functional aircraft. A simpler system to construct for beginners and a more reliable and easier to maintain system for professionals. A set of 4 ESC’s and an SLCAN “network sniffer” will give a developer a significant hands on introduction to UAVCAN and the benefits to the Ardupilot ecosystem.
A group buy has been organized to purchase a minimum order to pay for solder masks etc with ShenZhen2U a circuit board and assembly manufacturer used previously by the BBBmini project.
A functioning system for developers would consist of 4 each UC4H ESC carrier/nodes in which 4 Kiss 32 ESC’s are attached.
The ESC node/carrier boards will be $52+shipping per set of 4 and the Kiss 32 ESC’s run around $29 each for about $120 + shipping per quad aircraft. Hence say $175+$35 shipping depending on the destination(s).
Also an SLCAN adapter is needed to troubleshoot and inspect the CANbus.
It can be made DIY for $15 in parts
or purchased from Zubax, the Babel for $59
4 Canbus JST-GH 10cm cables $20
Planned amount $$ (USD): $250-$320 Per set
Estimated time for completion:1 month for build and delivery from Asia and three weeks to
test the boards before reshipment to developers.