Setting up Astro with Wiris

Wiris Pro Payload Hardware Overview

Learn more about the Astro aircraft here:

The Wiris Pro Payload consists of a Freefly gimbal and an integrated Wiris Pro camera. It is developed for use with Astro and other vehicles that are compatible with the Freefly Smart Dovetail and the Pixhawk Payload Bus standard. More information about how to interface this payload with another aircraft is available here:

Integration for 3rd Party Applications

The Wiris Pro Payload is supported in Astro firmware version 1.3.0 or later

Make sure to update the Herelink controller to the latest version too!

Installing & Removing the payload from Astro:

Make sure to use the Astro Isolator, not the Mapping Isolator. Check out the isolator section for more info

To install the gimbal:

  • Orient the gimbal under the aircraft so that it is facing forward and the Smart Dovetail is facing upwards.

  • Slide the gimbal Smart Dovetail into the Isolated Dovetail receiver that is on the underside of the aircraft. Slide until you hear an audible click of the safety latch and the connector is fully seated.

  • Close the dovetail locking lever until tight and the gimbal is secure.

To remove the gimbal:

  • Open the dovetail locking lever so that it is loose.

  • Hold the safety latch so that it is disengaged.

  • Slide the gimbal dovetail towards the front of the aircraft to fully disengage from the Smart Dovetail Mount and remove the gimbal.

Listen for the audible ‘click’ when inserting the payload into the Smart Dovetail to ensure it is safely connected to Astro.

Never hotswap the payload. Ensure that Astro is powered off before installing or removing the payload.

Swapping out the Wiris Foam Insert

We offer an option foam insert for the Astro hard case. It replaces the insert for the Mapping Payload, so you can store Astro with the Wiris Pro payload installed

  • Start by removing the Mapping Payload insert. There is a velcro strip on the bottom of the foam

  • Insert the Wiris Pro payload bottom foam. Note the orientation

  • Install the upper piece of the foam around the gimbal from the front of Astro

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