If you’re always flying drones at a different location, then you might want a mobile command center. Rather than setup and tear down your gear, or find a place to charge in a different environment every time, a mobile command center might ensure all your drone stuff is where you want it to be, your devices are charged (and you have a means for charging them), and you can manage your systems to your liking, rather than what’s most convenient to every different place you fly. And now, there’s a fully-electric mobile sUAS command center on the market.
Volta Power Systems has partnered up with specialty vehicle manufacturer Draxxon to build what it claims is the first mobile and fully electric drone command center. It’s towable, so you can put it on early any towing vehicle and bring it with you wherever you’re flying drones.
Here’s what the new mobile, electric drone command center can do:
- Integrate drones into other command and control systems for potential, additional surveillance.
- Run up to 24 hours on a single Volta system charge, without needing a separate generator or requiring your towing vehicle to idle.
- Provide both interior and exterior monitoring.
- Serve as a fold-down rooftop flight station for drone use on nearly any size trailer.
Not only is the idea of a mobile command center useful, but an electric drone command center could come especially as many corporations, politicians and individuals push for electrification as a more sustainable option. And with gas prices at all-time highs, this isn’t just a more sustainable option for the environment, but perhaps a more sustainable option for your wallet, too.
That said, Draxxon said its conservative estimate of 6 hours of operation per work-day, means that its generator-free trailer is estimated to prevent over 10,000 lbs of CO2 emissions each year.
The whole setup is based on Draxxon’s DX-816 fully-electric towable command center. Here’s how Draxxon’s fully-electric towable mobile command center works:
- A 24,000 Wh Volta Power Systems lithium-ion power system provides all the power.
- It recharges via a shore power connection (though unlike many technologies, it doesn’t require special charging infrastructure).
- The power pack can charge safely from a standard electrical wall outlet.
- Power is distributed through a 5,000W AC inverter.
- That automotive-grade Volta system allows the entire mobile center to run up to 24 hours on a single system charge, no generator or idling towing vehicle needed.
Among the features of the DX-816 trailer:
- Tactical command
- LED lighting for reliable visibility, day or night
- Climate control for your personal comfort
- Stored energy powers the trailer without noise or emissions
“When we designed our auxiliary power system, we wanted the flexibility to integrate it into nearly any mobile application,” Jack Johnson, CTO of Volta Power Systems said in a prepared statement. “This is the first time our product has been integrated into a command center trailer like this, and knowing that it’s the first drone command unit in the industry to go fully electric is amazing.”