nxFCU Compact

Compact Flight Control Unit

The nxFCU Compact was developed in response to increased safety requirements for airspace integration of Mini UAVs. Rugged, reliable and safety certifiable, this unit draws from the hardware and software building blocks of the nxFCU to provide a responsible and highly functional automation solution for small SWaP sensitive systems. Integrated LOS and GSM data links complete the design, providing for redundant telemetry/C2 communication and real-time video streaming.

Features

Overview

  • SWaP sensitive navigation, flight control and mission management unit
  • Multi-constellation GNSS, air-data and inertial sensors
  • Wide range of configurable I/O (Serial, Ethernet, GPIO, PWM, CAN, ADC)
  • LOS and GSM data links for telemetry/C2 and video streaming
  • Regulated servo power output

Applications

  • Fixed and rotary wing UAVs
  • Safety-conscious civil/military Mini UAVs
  • SWaP sensitive unmanned systems

Key Advantages

  • Small, light-weight and low power
  • Rugged, reliable and environmentally qualified design
  • Safety certifiable software architecture (DO-178C)
  • Pairing-enabled for optional distributed redundancy
  • Customisable electrical and mechanical interfaces
  • Very wide input voltage range
  • Integrated telemetry/C2 and video data links

Technical Specifications

GENERAL
Navigation GNSS/AD-Aided INS (EKF)
Control Fixed & Rotary Wing
Mission Waypoints, Loiter, Follow
Health Monitoring PBIT, CBIT, IBIT
Redundancy Optional Pairing
Certification DO-178C SW Certifiable
SENSORS
GNSS Receiver Yes
GNSS Accuracy (Differential) < 20 cm
GPS & GLONASS Tracking Yes
GALILEO & BEIDOU Tracking No
IMU & Magnetometer MEMS
Air-Data 150 KIAS, 18 kft
INPUT / OUTPUT
Serial (RS-422/485/232) 5x
GPO / PWM 12x
GPI / Input Capture 12x
Ethernet 1x Gigabit
CAN 1x 1 Mbps
ADC 4x 16 Bit
TELEMETRY / C2
Frequencies ~400, 900 or 2400 MHz
Data Rate < 230 kbps
LOS Range < 60 km
Redundancy Single LOS Link
GSM (HSPA+) Yes
Iridium Satellite No
WLAN (802.11 b/g) No
VIDEO STREAMING
Video Input GigE Vision
Video Compression Basic
Streaming Frequency S/C-Band
Streaming Data Rate < 12 Mbps
Streaming Range < 30 km
Data Storage 16 GB
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL
Dimensions (W x D x H) 96 x 94 x 45 mm
Mass 490 g
Input Voltage 6 to 36 VDC
Power (Typical) 15 W
Regulated Servo Power 25 W Continuous
ENVIRONMENTAL
Operating Temperature -40 to +55°C
Storage Temperature -40 to +105°C
Vibration & Shock MIL-STD-810G

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