Pololu linear actuator with feedback for driver development (closed)

Topic: Pololu linear actuator with feedback for driver development

Proposal type: Hardware [x]


Linear actuators are an import hardware component for rovers and boats with uses including controlling steering mechanisms, vehicle height (aka active suspension), hatches and docking mechanisms. I would like AP to fund the purchase of a single actuator with feedback so that I can write a driver and then document (wiki, video) how they can be used with AP.

The driver would provide both rate and position control of the actuator.

The specific actuator Iā€™m thinking of is this one from pololu.com. Pololu - Glideforce GF23-120512-3-65 High-Speed LD Linear Actuator with Feedback: 12kgf, 12" Stroke (11.8" Usable), 3.3"/s, 12V

Planned amount $$ (USD): $200

Estimated time for completion: 2 months

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I support this proposal, assuming @rmackay9 still wants it

Thanks for bringing this up.

I do want to add linear actuator support for ArduPilot and I think this is probably the most commonly used one but PeterB pointed out that the interface is not great.

I think I will look around more for one with a digital interface and re-raise this request.