UAV Launcher Force
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have a variety of launch capabilities, such as manual launch, vertical takeoff, or runway takeoff. With the rise of ever more capable and powerful UAVs, some vehicles require launchers to propel them into the air. These launchers must apply a minimum amount of force to safely launch the aircraft into the air. To do this, an LCB400 tip force sensor is coupled to the launch mechanism to measure the force applied to the drone.
How it works :
- An LCB400 series load cell is mounted on the end of a linear actuator.
- The other end of the sensor is attached to the cable that will launch the drone.
- The actuator piston is then rapidly retracted, pulling the cable that will launch the drone.
- The LCB400 measures the force applied to the cable by the actuator.
- The LCB400 measurement is sent to the digital display (IHH500, IPM650) or is displayed on a PC with the SENSIT software (IDA100).
- An amplified analog signal is then sent to the PLC controlling the launcher and allowing the force control.
- In addition, the SENSIT software can be used to record the sensor output on the IPM650 and IDA100.