Saturday, July 30, 2011

ServoChron™ UART Diagnostics Mode Revealed!!!

U.S. Water Rockets has released the MSP430 Application UART Driver package for the MSP430 LaunchPad based  ServoChron™ Dual Servo Parachute Recovery Controller UART Diagnostics Mode!
ServoChron(tm) 2 Dual Servo Rocket Parachute Recovery System

This mode is the first in a series of special "easter eggs" included in the  ServoChron™ 2 firmware that you can use to take advantage of new technology never before seen in a Water Rocket Servo Controller or Timer. Not even pricey prefabricated timers seen advertised all over the internet have such advanced features as the FREE ServoChron™ 2!
To take advantage of this new feature, you will need to download a terminal emulation program (if you do not already have one as part of your Windows installation) as well as the MSP430 Application UART Serial Port Drivers for the MSP430 LaunchPad. See the documentation at the link below for more information!

The ServoChron™ 2 can communicate directly with a personal computer using the MSP430 Application UART which is built into the MSP430 LaunchPad. This feature provides USB to RS-232 conversion hardware connected to the MSP430G2231 microcontroller which communicates over a backchannel link over the USB debugger interface. With this mode, you can get a readout of all the current settings as well as diagnostic error codes which may help in troubleshooting.
Follow this link to the WRA2 Water Rocket Forum Topic where you can download the MSP430 Application UART Drivers and get the instructions!

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