Quick links which may be of interest:
- Anker USB-C cable, braiding sleeve, aircraft-style power switch
- Antennas mounted in lid
- Making the cardboard templates
- Making the MDF panels
- Vinyl wrapped
- Battery power pack and dual antenna amplifiers all wired up
- Tripod and base plate tray / stand
- Magnetic mount for CrystalSky
- High gain 7dBi antennas
- The finished article!
- Project costs and parts list
Otherwise, read on!
I’ve been wanting to build a Ground Station since, well, forever really!
The requirement is for this ground station to work with both the Mavic and the Inspire, with the minimal amount of fuss.
Finally pulled the pin and convinced myself that sacrificing the Titan Atlas amplified antenna was a reasonable commitment and I’ve now got the ball rolling with a few mockups on cardboard.
This is a work in progress so bear with me
It started life as a regular Peli 1450 hard case:
This case is ideal as the lid is quite deep.
The battery on a CrystalSky protrudes from the rear so it needs more depth than say an iPad or other tablet.
First up, designing the lid.
We want the screen mounted square in the middle.
The crosshatch area will be cut out. This will allow the CS to then sit flush against the lid-backing.
The antennas will be quick-release and will sit on the top of the case lid.
I have something like this in mind.
The crosshatch hole in the lower left is a cable-exit point.
In the lower part of the case then, is where the stripped out Titan will go.
You’ll see a similar hole planned in the top left, to mate up to the hole in the lid, I’ll run all the cables through these in some decent sleeves.
The Titan digital display will go top-centre, charger port towards the right and power switch to the left.
The other half of the case can then be used for storage.
Although thinking about it, depending on the tripod-mount arrangement I end up with, the lower part of the case might need to cover two-thirds, in order to hide the tripod mount below. Leaving 1/3rd for storage or something.
I’ll not be using the Titan power switch in this ground station.
Now, at last, I finally have a valid reason to use one of these
I know, right?
Here’s my old faithful Titan Atlas.
And for the curious, here’s what’s inside:
Digital display is mounted on the rear of this PCB:
One of the dual amps:
And a 12v 3000mAh li-ion battery which is good for days of use without needing a recharge.
So that’s the plan!
Thoughts, advise, suggestions, questions, all welcomed