To support complex drone operations, mobile drone command centers have become an integral part of the professional field. Such command centers can vary from simple delivery vans with facilities to charge batteries to fully equipped vehicles with computers, radio equipment, and generators. Draxxon’s new DX-816 drone command center raises the bar again with its first 100% electric drone command center.
Draxxon develops first 100% electric drone command center
The fully electric mobile SUAS command center in question was developed by the American custom vehicle manufacturer Draxxon, in collaboration with Volta Power Systems. It concerns a trailer that can easily be placed on location. The entire command center is powered by batteries. In total, the unit can operate for 24 hours without having to run a generator.
The command center was based on the Draxxon DX-816 trailer. This was equipped by Volta with a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery system. The built-in equipment is supplied with the required mains voltage via a 5 kW inverter. The system can be charged via a normal socket, so no special charging infrastructure is required.
Features of the DX-816 drone command center
These are the important features:
- Ability to integrate drones into other command and control systems;
- Up to 24 hours of operation on a single charge, without the need for a separate generator or idling the towing vehicle;
- The built-in touchscreens can be viewed both indoors and outdoors;
- The roof of the trailer immediately serves as a foldable rooftop flight station;
- The trailer is equipped with LED lighting and a climate control system;
- Weather station, 4G router, antennas+boosters, flight/command/workstations.
“In the development of our power system, integration in mobile applications was central. This is the first time that our product has been integrated into a command center trailer like this one. In fact, to our knowledge, it is the industry’s first drone command unit to operate entirely electrically,” said Jack Johnson, CTO of Volta Power Systems. “The trailer is especially useful in situations where power is not available, such as firefighting or search and rescue operations.”
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