Hi there everyone.
My name is Huldar, I’m super new to this (have never built something like this before) but I want to make a sailboat and I was thinking of using a stepper motor mounted with a gear to the mast to be sure that the motor could supply the needed torque for when the boat experiences strong winds. Now I just realised that ardupilot does not support stepper motors, only servos. Could somebody help me out with figuring out how to tackle this problem?
These are my ideas so far:
- Use a servo instead of a stepper motor (not sure about this as they are generally not as strong right?)
- Program support for stepper motors (I know how to program but I have no experience with ardurover and don’t know where I would start, I feel like I would need to have the hardware before I could start working on the software. I did find this issue though: Tracker: Stepper support · Issue #13767 · ArduPilot/ardupilot (github.com))
- Use the winch method used in the videos in the docs ( Modes — Rover documentation (ardupilot.org)) but I have no clue about how I would waterproof the main sheet and I’m not a huge fan of this method.
Any feedback or ideas is appreciated.