Xponential 2016: Curtiss-Wright Launches UAV-Focused Data Devices

Jane's International Defence Review

Authored by: Damian Kemp, Jane's International Defence Review

Curtiss-Wright has unveiled two new data storage systems at AUVSI's Xponential 2016 conference and exhibition in New Orleans.

The Parvus DuraCOR 311 modular mission computer and DTS1 data transport system are primarily designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The DuraCOR 311 stores data such as still imagery and video files as well as running applications. It can store up to 1 terabyte of data and can be extended to 10 terabytes, with the former system weighing 0.68 kg and the latter 1.02 kg.

Curtiss-Wright product marketing manager Mike Southworth described the system as one-quarter of the "traditional size" for the capability, noting that it is targeted at smaller UAVs.

"Environmental and electro-magnetic interference testing starts [before the end of May] to evaluate areas such as moisture, shock, and altitude," Southworth said.

"Testing will be completed by the end of August and the product will be available at the end of September. We have it available for test customers now and we are shipping to a number of these customers. They are for airborne applications. One of them is for a UAV and another for a cargo aircraft to add intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability."

The size of the base system is 3.6x13.2x13.6 cm and with additional storage, it is 5.4 cm deep rather than 3.6 cm.

The DTS1 data transport system is designed for use in small non-military UAVs as well as defense and security systems. It can also be installed on aircraft and unmanned underwater vehicles. The unit weighs 1.8 kg with one removable memory card and measures 3.8x12.7x16.5 cm. Early access units will be available in September and the company said it already has lead customers.

The unit is conduction-cooled to customer needs, and it can be panel mounted. 

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