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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What is SkyVTX?
SkyVTX is a small and light 5G8 Video Transmitter for FPV systems, and implement a modern NXP Kinetis ARM Cortex M0+ with support for 40 channels (expandable) and switchable power.
Is SkyVTX only for Drones?
No, You can use SkyVTX for Rovers, Planners, Boats, Robots or for projects where you need to transmit video with zero latency.
Even you can use it with a Raspberry Pi Zero + PiCamera to build a wireless video system of good quality of video, zero latency and low cost.
Yes, you can use yours radio control in order to change the channels and power transmission.
Supports 6S LiPO Batteries?
Yes, SkyVTX supports batteries from 2S up to 6S.
How do I use it?
The SkyVTX operation mode is very simple, you just have to connect the video output of your camera to the SkyVTX video input and select the channel that you want to use with the button. That is all.
Can I use SkyVTX for long range?
Yes. You can use SkyVTX to transmit Audio/Video to kilometers but you need to use a heat sink in order to maintain the performance. Also you have to make sure that you can use long-range in your country.
Is SkyVTX a long-lasting design?
Yes. SkyVTX It's designed in SoM format to be reused in many versions.
Is SkyVTX respectable with the environment?
Yes. SkyVTX is manufactured with lead-free parts and RoHS compliant.
In the following video it is possible to see how it works simply with three cables, 3.3V - GND and Video. The video is captured by a mini camera which is transmitted wirelessly by SkyVTX to some FPV glasses, which have a monitor connected to the AV-Out of the FPV glasses.
In the next video it's possible to see how MediaTX (the first prototype with video and stereo audio) is checking the position of the printed circuit for later assembly. MacPick is a Pick&Place machine with dual nozzle and vision computer that I built to assemble the prototypes.
How can I program SkyVTX?
You can use LPC-Link2 debug probe to program SkyVTX. LPC-Link2 is easy to found in the most populars electronics shops (Digi-Key, Mouser, Farnell, etc...) and it's cheap.
The firmware will be available in this GitHub repository. (It is not over yet, sorry, I have worked most of the time on the hardware but it will be over soon.)
Where is the money raised going?
The money raised would go towards the purchase of more and differents pcb (Since it is possible to make more powerful versions, or with different formats) of tools such as a decent oscilloscope of up to 200Mhz.
Also Spectrum Analyzer is necessary,
Also pcb inspection camera is necessary,
Or consumables like Lead-Free Solder Paste, IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol), and others.
Risks and challenges
The idea of this module arose from the need for a module to transmit the video that captures the camera of the drone towards a first-person vision glasses or a monitor for the flight controller that I'm designing.
For that, I designed a module in order to transmitt the video that is capture with the camera for 5.8Ghz frequency.
I did not know very well where to get some of the parts since they are not available in regular electronics stores, but after search time I found manufacturers of them. But now all the parts are available and it is possible to manufacture and assemble as many units as necessary. The module is completely designed by me and I will assemble the first units by the end of March if I receive all the parts on time.
The latest version is similar but the ground plane is improvement, also the power traces, and now has voltage regulators with very low ESR in order to get a good video quality.
Also I have added a ESD protection for the antenna and for reduce the noise (thanks to Murata Electronics).
You collaborate with the SkyVTX project and you receive a finished SkyVTX 3030 module. It will also appear on the project's collaborators page. SkyVTX 3030 is a module for drones with 30,5x30,5mm mount.