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Month: October 2021

ESP-32 Flight Datalogger – 3D Printing Parts

ESP-32 Flight Datalogger – 3D Printing Parts

Creating a nose cone for a pylon seems trivial. There are numerous tutorials and instructional videos on crafting. In fact, there is so much material available, a large amount of time could be used just reviewing a portion of what’s available. Time is not trivial though, so finding proven method is what motivated the use of 3D printing. 3D printing became the basis for creating the hardware that was hard to find. There is an open community of designers that…

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ESP-32 Flight Datalogger – Hardware Build

ESP-32 Flight Datalogger – Hardware Build

Since the ESP32-Cam project was going to be installed on a remote controlled plane, keeping things as light as possible was the primary concern. This required a tally of what each item weighed and how best to build around that. All aircraft have a center of gravity that is used as a reference point. That point is where the aircraft balances front to back or side to side. Any change in that point can influence how the aircraft will fly….

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ESP-32 Flight Datalogger – Supply Chain Break

ESP-32 Flight Datalogger – Supply Chain Break

Hardware build can begin once the design, development, and testing phases are complete. The ESP32-Cam project development hardware could have been reused. The problem with reuse is that the hardware is no longer available in a development capacity and the project is locked. If any damage or modification occurs during the hardware build, this can cause delays. For that reason, additional parts were sourced and purchased with the intent of using them for the build. There were plenty of ESP32-Cam…

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ESP-32 Flight Datalogger – Field Validation

ESP-32 Flight Datalogger – Field Validation

With all of the final code validated on the workbench, it was time to test it in the field. The project deadline was 3 weeks away and the field testing was a formality to ensure nothing was missing before assembly. With all of the bench testing done, it seemed that this would take a single day to complete and the next phase would begin. Field testing involves taking the hardware outside and testing it in a state that closely matches…

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