Isolator Setup
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All Isolators designed for Astro can be configured for a variety of payloads by adjusting the amount of Dampers and swapping between Dampers with different stiffness's. A good rule of thumb is if your payload is swinging too much the system needs more stiffness and if the payload is vibrating it needs less!

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    This Isolator comes with 6x 30A durometer Dampers.
  2. 2.
    To increase Isolator stiffness try the following;
    1. 1.
      Increase the durometer of the dampers to 40A or 50A.
  3. 3.
    To decrease Isolator stiffness try the following;
    1. 1.
      Decrease the number of Isolators to 4 by removing one damper from the front right and left pair. This is only recommended for payloads lighter than 400g.

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    Isolator dampers durometers can be identified using the cap color;
    1. 1.
      White/Light Grey - 30A
    2. 2.
      Dark Grey - 40A
    3. 3.
      Black - 50A
Some early production dampers will not follow this convention and will be colored black even though they have a hardness of 30A.

This Isolator is tuned for the Mapping Payload and comes with 4x 30A Durometer.
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    When using this Isolator with the Mapping Payload we do not recommend altering the stiffness to ensure the systems performs optimally.
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    To install the isolator, use 4 M3x8 BHCS to attach the top plate of the isolator structure to the aircraft, applying Loctite 222 or similar to the fasteners.
3. Use a M3x4 BHCS to attach the safety cable to the aircraft, applying Loctite 222 or similar to the fastener.
4. Then plug the payload connector cable into the I/O port.
5. Insure the damper washers are installed on the bottom of the dampers. These prevent the isolator dampers from being pulled through the metal structure during aggressive flight maneuvers.
If you are using the Mapping Isolator with your own or 3rd party payloads you can adjust the Isolator to tune it to your application.
  1. 1.
    To increase Isolator stiffness try the following;
    1. 1.
      Increase the number of Isolators to 6 or 8.
    2. 2.
      Increase the durometer of the dampers to 40A or 50A.
    We do not recommend reducing the Mapping Isolator's stiffness further.
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