TBS DISCOVERY FPV DRONE

New Camera & Equipment Plates

By Stephen Thorpe

TBS Discovery FPV Drone New Equipment / Camera Plates Made from Black Fr4 – CNC Routed

Its alway nice when a Client send over some of the parts you have made installed.  Often I have no idea what the parts are for.  Below Stephen shows what he has done with his TBS Discovery.

Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates

New small additional plate to mount a FPV style of camera

Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
Having fitted a 3-axis TAROT gimbal to my TBS Discovery quad the original location for a FPV camera was unusable. I therefore drafted up this bracket to re-position it in a more suitable place.

It’s routed from 1.6mm FR4. in hiondsight 2mm thick material would be better.

Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates

TBS Discovery Quadcopter

For my TBS Discovery quadcopter I decided to fit a Tarot 3-axis gimbal instead of the ‘hang-off-the-front’ usual TBS gimbal which is only 2-axis.

Using existing mounting points on the frame and considering mountings for a video TX, voltage regulator, antenna, GPS tracker, navigation beacon and a small LiPo for powering these ancillaries. This mounting plate was designed to cover all these requirements.

I added a few extra fixing holes so that I can also use this design slung underneath my DJI F550 hexacopter to do much the same.
Future enhancements would include removing portions to reduce weight, when I’ve decided final configuration and positions.

Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates
For my TBS Discovery quadcopter I decided to use the DJI A2 flight controller system. This has extra units to fit as the IMU and controller are now separate. Although the controller has a built in receiver it’s protocols are limited.

As I’m interested in long range I fitted the TBS Crossfire system which requires more space for the diversity receiver. I drafted an extra rear deck for the receiver, it positions it and the twin antennas where I want them and was also a suitable deck to mount the GPS mast.

Stephen Thorpe - TBS Discovery - New Camera/Equip Plates

All parts installed

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