Stepper Motor for Satellite

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by vengeful, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. vengeful

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Now as the title suggests, this to rotate a satellite receiver. My question is: what type of stepper motor would i need to rotate that satellite receiver dish with a weight of around 5kg. :confused:
  2. bigbigblue

    Active Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    it all depends upon the weight of the dish, the gearing of the mechanism and the speed with which you wish to relocate the dish. I would think a nema 32 sized motor should do the job in most circumstances though.
  3. vengeful

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    haven't chosen a gear system yet, thought the motor choice would be first. Been reading up and from what the vast pdf's suggest is that the torque of the load (in this case the satellite receiver dish) needs to be calculated and from the various curves they give you a motor can be chosen.

    I was actually thinking about a worm gear. That would give me the rotations.
  4. mcgyvr

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 15, 2009
    gotta choose/design your gearing first as that will change the motor requirements... and don't forget about wind gusts,etc... acting against your dish..That can really change your overall requirements.
  5. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
    If you used a plain DC motor with a worm or gear reduction drive, and a rotational encoder to determine absolute antenna position, your drive requirements would be a lot more simple.