New Family of Rugged 3U VPX Chassis for UAVs Released

Published: 22 Feb 2019

LCR Embedded Systems 3U VPX chassis

LCR Embedded Systems has announced the availability of a new family of rugged, highly configurable 3U VPX chassis designed for compact aerospace and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) applications requiring state-of-the-art power dissipation. This family of chassis is suitable for advanced military applications with significant SWaP-C considerations that must operate in hostile environments and require a great deal of processing power.

The enclosures have been qualified to MIL-STD-810 environmental and MIL-STD-461 electromagnetic compatibility requirements, making them a suitable solution for applications that demand significant processing power in punishing environments. The heat dissipation needed by high-performance cards is made possible by a variety of options including: hollow enclosure walls with heat exchangers, forced air, and heat pipes. Also available are completely sealed enclosures with internal fans that circulate air within the card cage, preventing “hot spots” and enabling the enclosures to function in highly contaminated environments.

Three, 5, 6, 7, and 9-Slot versions are available, and all enclosures share the same general architecture, power supply, and front/rear panels, providing increased flexibility and a path to cost-effective upgrades to match changing application demands.

“VPX was created to bring high performance to harsh military environments, but performance means heat dissipation – and the most powerful 3U VPX cards are only getting hotter,” states LCR Embedded Systems President Dan Manoukian. “SWaP has already become SWaP-C to include cooling, and our new enclosure family more than satisfies SWaP-C requirements in addition to offering the ruggedness that our customers’ applications demand.”

CompactPCI and VME versions are also available for all chassis.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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