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Organizations Customize Vehicles & Trailers for Drone Use
Over the last few years, LDV has created custom vehicles and trailers to deploy drones for different applications such as remote scouting, surveillance, recovery, and more. With the ability to build on any platform, there are many ways for your organization to configure an effective drone vehicle. Below, LDV has compiled some examples that demonstrate the careful considerations that went into their design and fabrication.
Aurora Sciences Flight Simulator had LDV build their mobile command center, which is used to test Boeing military drones carrying a very large payload. When these drones are in flight, there are two pilots operating out of dual rear workstations. The forward workstations accommodate engineers monitoring the incoming flight telemetry data. The countertops were built 30” deep to accommodate the computers and equipment the pilots use to successfully operate these military drones. Other features such as dual telescoping tripod light poles, a pneumatic mast, and emergency lighting makes this a robust flight simulator vehicle.
Eglin Air Force Base in Florida utilized a unit owned by the Air Force for their new mobile command center. It features a rear storage area custom-designed around the components of the AUS military drone aircraft. When the AUS is disassembled, the wings measure a foot long. Eglin stores this drone toward the ceiling over the top of the lavatory area on one side and the galley area on the other. The walls and floor in this section use airline-style L-track to secure additional components of the AUS for safe transport. B-line has been attached to the walls above the countertops located in the front, so monitors and small racks of equipment can be changed out as needed per operation. This vehicle also features an industry-exclusive LDV fabricated flat-floor slide-out and one of our weatherproof exterior workstations to create additional workspace outside the vehicle. A pneumatic mast on the rear includes a dome network IP camera with Lightfinder technology and a video decoder as well.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Alaska uses this custom trailer to operate their drones and includes two workstations for the drone operators. All of the equipment is rack-mounted with monitors at the workstations and there is a GSA secure safe to store military secret level items when not in use. There is also storage space on one side of the trailer. Modified ladder racks were installed on the roof for the customer to secure a satellite dish and solar panels, allowing the trailer to charge when the batteries are sitting idle. The manual mast allows the customer to raise antennas to operate the drone. A ramp also provides rear entry access for staff to easily load and unload the drone.
As you can see, the sky is the limit when it comes to UAS vehicles! These are just some examples of different customers and how they have customized a vehicle that fits the needs of their organization. If your organization is in need of a platform for your unmanned aircraft system, contact LDV today!