Currawong Velocity CAN ESCs¶
Currawong’s Velocity range of ESCs provide motor control for the aerospace sector, with a high degree of reliability.
Designed for driving extremely large motors for heavy-lift applications, the Velocity range of ESCs is available in power levels above 20kW
Up to 18S (75V) battery packs
Sustained currents above 300A
Fully isolated communication interface
Designed and manufactured in Australia
The Velocity ESC provides a CAN communication interface for commands and telemetry. A traditional digital PWM interface is also supported. They can be obtained with either PiccoloCAN or DroneCAN protocol firmware.
Additionally, the Velocity ESC provides an optional hardware interlock for increased operator safety.
Connection and Configuration¶
The Velocity ESC uses the PiccoloCAN protocol. Originally developed for the Piccolo autopilot, the protocol is now natively supported by ArduPilot
To enable communication with the Velocity ESCs using PiccoloCAN, the following parameters must be set.
Set CAN_D1_PROTOCOL = 4 (PiccoloCAN) or = “1” (DroneCAN)
Set CAN_P1_DRIVER = 1 (First driver) to specify that the ESCs are connected to the CAN1 port
SERVOx_MIN= 1000 and
SERVOx_MAX= 2000 for each ESC connected (
xcorresponds to the ESC number) so ArduPilot uses an output range that matches the ESCs input range
The following advanced configuration parameters allow adjustment of the Velocity ESC operation.
By default, all configured motor channels are used to send control commands to Velocity ESCs. These control messages are transmitted by the autopilot at 50Hz.
Logging and Reporting¶
Velocity ESCs provide comprehensive telemetry information back to the autopilot which is recorded in the autopilot’s onboard log, and can be viewed in any ArduPilot compatible log viewer. This information includes:
Motor Temperature (when used with an external sensor)
This information (except the motor temperature) can also be viewed in real-time using a ground station. If using the Mission Planner go to the Flight Data screen’s status tab and look for (e.g.) esc1_rpm.
Sending ESC data to the GCS requires using MAVLink2. Please check the appropriate SERIALx_PROTOCOL parameter is 2 (where “x” is the serial port number used for the telemetry connection).