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Tethered drone with advanced C5ISR capabilities

For missions requiring forward-based advanced C5ISR capabilities — such as secure mobile radio networks, surveillance or radars — tethered drones provide the ability to quickly get up and running with much more flexibility and capability than alternative solutions. Such applications typically require a 5 – 10kW ground power supply tethered to a rotor wing UAV, and for which system SWaP performance is paramount for both transport and operation. 

Tethered drone with advanced C5ISR capabilities

The power delivery network

Enabling a truly optimized system SWaP performance, the Vicor high voltage BCM bus converter is1.8kW and 97%+ efficient, operating from a 500 to 800VDC high-voltage bus to deliver an isolated 31.3 to 50.0VDC low voltage in a remarkably small 4.4 x 1.4 x 0.4in. package. The power architecture utilizes the reverse operation feature of the BCM to create a single-phase or 3-phase AC ground supply that generates an output between 400 and 800V and then employs another BCM to convert the 800V back down to 48V in the UAV. This allows for a dramatically reduced size and weight of both the ground supply and UAV and a dramatically reduced diameter and weight of the tether. Inside the UAV, the 48V is distributed and can be efficiently down-converted to power the loads using flexible Vicor DC-DC solutions such as the DCM or PRM/VTM combination. The result is a much more flexible and capable system that can be transported by smaller or fewer vehicles or provide increased payload. 

Power Delivery Network for C5ISR coverage
MIL-COTS High-Voltage BCM® Bus Converter

MIL-COTS BCM® バスコンバータモジュール

入力電圧: 200 – 400V, 400 – 700V, 500 – 800V

出力電流: 最大35A

効率: 最大98%

1.28 x 0.86 x 0.26in 他


入力電圧: 28, 30, 270V

出力電圧: 3.3, 5, 12, 15, 24, 28, 48V

出力電力: 最大1300W

効率: 最大96% 

0.98 x 0.90 x 0.28in 他


入力電圧: 14 – 50V, 38 – 55V

出力電圧: 1.08 – 50V

出力電流: 最大80A

効率: 最大96.5%

各 22.0 x 16.5 x 6.7mm  他