Inspired by customer applications and developed in collaboration with leading educational suppliers, NI miniSystems are small-scale replications of real-world systems that connect with NI educational hardware and software to create engineering and science systems.
The myVTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) by Pitsco Education is a plant to teach flight control with NI myDAQ. The vertical take-off and landing system uses a variable PC fan to create the lift for the one DOF plant. The flight distance of the fan is measured using a Hall effect sensor. The system teaches the fundamentals of basic flight dynamics, motion control, and proportional integral derivative (PID) control. Students can directly explore these concepts to make the system hover, take off, and land vertically to understand the applications similar to a helicopter or harrier jet.
With the NI miniSystems Pioneer release, users in higher education (university/college) can purchase units to “ramp up” on integrating NI miniSystems into courses as soon as they are available. National Instruments actively collects feedback from NI miniSystems Pioneer release users to help suppliers and partners enhance the product before the next release. Pioneer release NI miniSystems are stable, but their features are not complete, so they most likely require custom programming to fully meet customer application needs. For this reason, National Instruments recommends that customers self-qualify to participate in the Pioneer release by obtaining basic NI LabVIEW training (LabVIEW Core 1 and 2 courses). Participants have access to the standard training discounts described at ni.com/training.
During the Pioneer release of an NI miniSystem, participants can obtain support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting to a private NI Discussion Forum. To get access to the forum, participants can contact National Instruments using the email@example.com email address.
Manufactured by Pitsco Education.
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