CM100 with Premium GEO-Lock on Rotary Aircraft

In this video we will demonstrate a
standard system integration for a UAV Vision CM100. This integration will consist of: …a CM100… …a Premium GEO-Lock module… …and an anti-vibration mount on a rotary platform. CM100 Premium Geo-Lock Module Integration For this demonstration we will be using a UAV Vision CM100 v3. It contains an EO HD sensor with 30x
optical zoom as well as an IR sensor with 25mm lens. it also has an internal video processor which minimizes system footprint and maximizes performance. We will also be using a vibration
isolation mount which is available from UAV Vision and has been specifically designed for the CM100. To secure the gimbal to the vibration mount. First, draw the connector up through the top plate of the anti-vibration mount. Make sure that the cable is lined up with the recess in the top plate and secure with the hardware provided. Being sure not over tighten bolts or use bolts that are too long. As this may cause the gimbal to jam. When handling the CM100 do not manually rotate the gimbal as this could cause damage internally. The premium GEO-Lock Module from UAV Vision, is capable of providing positional accuracy to 0.1 degrees or even better with RTK. This module consists of the following items: a ruggedised Dual Antenna GPS INS unit and two GPS antennas. It is important to note that only GPS antennas that were supplied with the unit should be used. As the unit does not rely on a magnetic heading it is capable of working situations where interference may be an issue. When mounting the GPS INS unit onto
the vibration mount be sure to align the following you will notice on top of the GPS INS unit a coordinate system. It is important that the X coordinate be pointing in the opposite direction from the gimbal cable that is already mounted onto the vibration mount. Using the hardware provided secure the GPS INS unit on the top plate of the vibration mount making sure not to over tighten the bolts. The vibration mount with gimbal and GPS INS unit should now appear as shown. Again, note the direction of the cable from the gimbal relative to the direction the X-axis which labelled on the GPS INS unit. We are now ready to secure the vibration mount with attached gimbal and GPS INS unit to our platform of choice. For the purpose of this demonstration will be using a rotary platform that was built and designed by UAV Vision back in 2007. Before we secure the payload to the platform We will need to make sure it is aligned properly. The gimbal cable should be facing to the aft of the aircraft with the X arrow on the GPS INS facing forward. We have now secured the payload to the platform ensuring that it remains as level as possible the reminder of the aircraft. Once secured, make sure there is nothing to interfere with the gimbals potential movement or that anything is being jammed up if the vibration mount were to be moving. A quick reminder not to rotate the gimbal by hand as this could potentially damage internal components. For this Dual Antenna GPS INS unit we have 2 GPS antennas which need to be
strategically placed across the platform. The primary sensor should be placed as forward of the aircraft as possible and secondary sensor placed at the rear of the aircraft. For optimal accuracy antennas should be spaced
approximately 1m or 3 feet. When routing cables for the GPS antennas try to avoid excessive coiling or kinking as this could affect system performance. You may also want to integrate a data link to your system which will allow video to be streamed down from your gimbal. For example, here I have a 2.4GHz IP Mesh Node which can be easily used
with the CM100. With one cable, you can connect the radio to the gimbal using the appropriate connectors. That concludes the mechanical integration and orientation of the components required. For more information about wiring, please see relevant documentation. Finally, before powering up be sure that nothing can get caught or bind on the gimbal as it goes through its initiation cycle. You are now ready to start streaming video from your gimbal. We have a range of instructional videos on our YouTube channel so subscribe and be sure to stay up to date. If you have any further questions about anything you have seen in this video or any others please contact us through our website.


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