GROUND CONTROL STATION

A UNIVERSAL OFF-THE-SHELF SOLUTION

PORTABLE GROUND CONTROL STATION

  • Universal off-the-shelf ground control station
  • Based on fully ruggedized Panasonic CF-31 Toughbook
  • Integrated Toughbook docking station
  • Two hot-swappable lithium batteries
  • User-dedicated modular electronics compartment
  • Two 12 V power outputs for datalinks
  • Comprehensive set of connections
  • Super bright 17” and 13” touch-screen displays
  • 10−32 VDC input range
  • Intuitive power monitoring display
  • Overvoltage, overcurrent, reverse polarity protection
  • Battery overdischarge protection
  • User-serviceable fuses
  • Removable CORDURA bag for accessories
  • Carry handles, wheels, and shoulder strap for convenient transportation
  • Ruggedized and lightweight design
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Ground Control Station

Flexible and Universal solution

The off-the-shelf portable ground control station (GCS) is a flexible and universal solution for controlling unmanned vehicles and payloads. By using a unique, modular electronics compartment (MEC), application-specific hardware can be quickly installed. This flexibility allows the GCS to be configured to control unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV), ground robots, bomb-disposal robots, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), and other robotic devices. The GCS can also be configured to control and monitor measurement and sensing equipment.

Modular electronics compartment

The GCS can be configured for many different applications by using the modular electronics compartment. The modular electronics compartment contains a comprehensive set of connections which allows the user to install application-specific hardware such as autopilot RF-modems, video receivers, data links, data storage and recording devices. The connection ports are routed directly from the electronics compartment to the docked Panasonic CF-31. This makes all hardware installation essentially plug and play.
With the capability to be powered from 10-32 VDC, the GCS can be used anytime, anywhere. Dual hot-swappable Lithium batteries provide up to 2 hours operation time. Batteries can be hot-swapped without restarting the GCS, allowing for extended operation time.

Military-grade protection

Based on Panasonic’s field proven CF-31 Toughbook, the GCS has an additional 17″ sunlight-readable touch-screen display,an advanced power distribution system with hot-swappable dual batteries, and status monitoring features. The GCS is housed in a military-grade rugged lightweight transportation case, which makes it ideal for use in harsh environments. A removable CORDURA accessories bag makes it convenient to carry small components and accessories such as a joystick, mouse, wiring, antennas, and external GPS antenna.

Ground Control Station

Technical specifications

Mechanical specifications

  • 1000x420x170 mm
  • 18.9 kg
  • IP66 when closed
  • −20 to +60°C
  • 320x270x80 mm
  • M4 threaded mounting grid, 45 mm pitch, 
aluminum mount kit included
  • 220x160x70 mm
  • Rugged plastic case, side handles, carry handle, 
wheels, pressure purge valve, shoulder strap 
(optional)

Electrical specifications

  • 10–32 VDC, 
overvoltage protection, reverse polarity protection
  • Lithium ion
  • 108 Wh
  • 2 hours (typical)
  • 2 serial (RS-232), 5 USB, 2 Ethernet, 1 composite 
video in (IMPERX video device needed), 
1 VGA in (optional), 1 microphone in, 
1 audio out, PCMCIA slot, HDMI
  • Composite video (optional), external VGA
input (optional)
  • 12V 5A fused, 50 W
  • 12V 5A fused, 50 W
  • Two 50 Ohm antenna pass-through to upper 
lid. SMA-RP termination, RG 142

Computer specifications (not included with GCS)

  • Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 
(specifications per manufacturer datasheets)
  • MIL-STD-810G & IP65 certified (6' drop)
  • 13.1″ XGA touch-screen LED 1024x768
  • 1100 nits

17” display specifications

  • 17 " TFT 1280x1024 (SXGA)
, optional touch screen
  • 1600 nits
  • Selectable between Panasonic Toughbook 
and external VGA input ( optional)

Dimensions

Ground Control Station

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GROUND CONTROL STATION

A Universal Off-the-Shelf Solutio

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