Tyto Robotics Launches Flight Stand 500 for Advanced Air Mobility Propulsion Testing

Tyto Robotics has introduced its latest advancement, the Flight Stand 500, a thrust stand engineered for testing large brushless motors and propellers. Designed and manufactured in Canada, this stand caters to the evaluation needs of propulsion systems within the realm of advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicles, including heavy-lift drones and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

The Flight Stand 500 features a maximum thrust rating of 500 kgf / 5,000 N and a torque capacity of up to 1,500 Nm. Its capabilities extend to handling voltages of up to 1,000 V and offering optional current ranges of 100, 200, or 500 A. The stand supports a 1,000 Hz sampling rate, enabling real-time dynamic testing and precise performance analysis. The Flight Stand 500 seeks to elevate the standards of propulsion system evaluation and development.

Included within the Flight Stand 500 package are components such as a force measurement unit (FMU), an electric measurement unit (EMU), a synchronization hub for measurements, an optical RPM probe, and multiple temperature probes. Complementing these hardware components is a software suite that facilitates connectivity and control of third-party sensors, including acoustic and vibration sensors to wind tunnels. Furthermore, the software supports Controller Area Network (CAN) Electronic Speed Controllers (ESCs). The Python Control API offers external programming capabilities for tests, while test automation is achievable through the upload of throttle values from a .CSV file.