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SOFIC 2018: Charging RAVENs

PTX RQ-11B RAVEN Austere Power Solutions


The AeroVironment RQ-11B RAVEN is one of the most widely-used low-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets among US and allied forces today. On a single battery charge, the RAVEN can typically fly up to 6.2mi (10.0km) at speeds of 28–60mph (45–97km/h). Now, thanks to the PTX SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and ABC-812 Adaptive Battery Charger, RQ-11B RAVEN operators can unplug themselves from the wall socket charger, harvest/scavenge power from any available source, and keep flying for longer – anywhere, says Protonex (PTX).

Drawing power from solar panels/blankets, vehicle power outlets, vehicle batteries, and military or commercial rechargeable batteries, even Axsoll‘s and Lincad‘s power stations, RAVEN operators are able to maintain full, constant operational capability in even the most undeveloped environments.

And thanks to our ground-breaking smart cable technology, RAVEN aircraft batteries can also be connected to the SPM-622 as a power source to run other essential equipment such as radios, GPS devices, tablets – or even medical equipment for casualty treatment,” the company states. “This not only helps units simplify logistics and reduce their battery burden, it could even save a life.”

The SPM-622 RQ-11B RAVEN Austere Power Kit includes a Squad Power Manager, a flexible solar blanket, vehicle and battery power scavenging cables, and all connectors and accessories needed to charge the aircraft battery, Ground Control Station, and Toughbook simultaneously.

The ABC-812 RQ-11B RAVEN Bulk-Charging Kit enables users to charge up to eight RAVEN aircraft batteries in dual battery adapters simultaneously. Alternatively, users can charge two RAVEN batteries and up to six other batteries as needed. The ABC-812 also incorporates four USB ports for concurrently charging smart phones, tablets and other end-user devices.

The PTX team is exhibiting at SOFIC next week at booth #2232 with the full range of PTX Power Management Solutions.


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