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Motorized Half Gimbal System, SR50 Series Rotation Stage



Gimbal Applications

Gimbals are used in a wide variety of applications. Below are some examples, where Newport Gimbal Systems are implemented:

  • Optical Sensor Testing
  • Internal Navigation Testing and Calibration
  • Target Tracking
  • Radars
  • Seekers
  • Antennas
  • Telescopes

Gimbal Axes

The easiest way to understand roll, pitch and yaw is to visualize an airplane. Think of an imaginary line that runs through the front of the plane and out the back. A rotation along this line would result in a roll -- the plane would start doing barrel rolls. Now imagine another line running through both wings of the plane. A rotation along this line is a change in pitch. The plane either climbs or dives, depending on the direction of the pitch. Finally, imagine a vertical line that comes out of the top and bottom of the plane. This is the yaw axis. Rotating along this line results in a change in direction for the plane -- either right or left.

SR50 Series Rotation Stages

The compact, low profile SR50 DC and stepper motor rotation stages feature minimum incremental motion of 0.004°. The stages can run in continuous rotation mode and are also equipped with a hardware origin, allowing them to return to a reference home position to within 0.01°.

Standard or Custom Solutions

Newport Motion has extensive experience in designing and building motorized gimbal mounts. With a global network of over one-thousand gimbals currently active around the globe, Newport understands the importance of building and motorizing mounts for high performance deployment across numerous applications. Besides offering standard gimbals, we at Newport also have capabilities to design and deliver high precision and high accuracy custom gimbal solutions tailored for customer’s payload size, shape, weight requirements, and beyond. All custom gimbals are delivered with compatible controllers. Contact us today to discuss your specific motorized gimbal requirements.

Compatible motion controllers for the rotation stages are:

The SR50PP stepper motor stage is compatible with the SMC100PP single-axis stepper motor motion controller, with speed reduced by a factor of 2.5 from the speed specified in the stage data sheet (ie, 40% of rated speed).

The SR50CC DC motor stage is compatible with the SMC100CC single-axis DC motor motion controller.