In this short article I will show how I managed to integrate brushless motor with ESC(Electronic Speed Controller) from drone to Raspberry PI.
Some time ago I was given a broken Cheerson Drone with one ESC burned (fabulous swimming pool snorkeling). My first idea was to connect brushless motor to Raspberry PI and potentially build a plane/drone.
My drone had XGW_ESC VER2.4B controller with motor soldered in:
Brushless motor has three wires: red for power, black for ground and yellow for signal transmission.
As a power supply for brushless motor I used 11.1V 2200mAh 25C LiPo battery with pins and terminal output:
Looking at ESC, it has three main wires we should care about: red for external supply power, black for ground and white marked with PPM (in my case).
I soldered pin wires to power supply input and connections in ESC
This is a brief diagram of connection:
We are going to use GPIO4 for signal and ground pin.
Once everything is ready, we can start coding!
import time import RPi.GPIO as GPIO GPIO.setwarnings(False) GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BOARD) GPIO.setup(7, GPIO.OUT) t1 = GPIO.PWM(7, 50) t1.start(0) t1.ChangeDutyCycle(7.5) time.sleep(3) t1.stop() GPIO.cleanup() quit()
This code uses PMW(Pulse-width modulation) to initialise ESC pin with 50Hz frequency, and change duty cycle to 7.5%, sleep for 3 seconds and stop. It will be enough to spin your motor real quick fast and then completely stop.
Congratulations! We have done it! 🎉
Now, technically, you can try to build your own drone or plane! ✈️