Issue 55 Uncrewed Systems Technology Apr/May 2024 Sellafield’s UAV equipment l Applied EV Blanc Robot l Battery tech l Robotican’s Goshawk l UGVs l UAVHE RW1 rotary l Roboat UVD l Autopilots l Arkeocean UVD l UMEX 2024 l CycloTech UVD

HITEC DELIVERS 33MM SERVOS – COTS 9~15V | 18~32V Two Voltage Ranges 147kgf·cm Peak Torque 3 CONNECTOR OPTIONS NON-CHINESE MANUFACTURING MULTIPLE COMMAND PROTOCOLS AVAILABLE DroneCAN CAN 2.0A/B HITEC SERVOS – NOT MADE IN CHINA JOIN SHAWN SPIKER HITEC SALES DIRECTOR SOLUTIONS THEATER TUESDAY, APRIL 23 | 3:00-3:20PM XPONENTIAL Hitec COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS North American Sales & Support San Diego, CA | ~ ~  SUV platform with the body removed. The process by which the Blanc Robot is made out of the Jimny consists of Applied EV taking the ladder frame of the said platform and converting it into an autonomous, electric system. Applied EV also installs a body above the chassis, inside of which one finds a battery pack, two electric motor drives, a proprietary braking system and a safetyrated steering system, which has been developed in-house. At the centre of it all is the Digital Backbone, which receives health and performance data from each of these installed subsystems in real time, while also sending commands to each of them. For non-Blanc Robot integrations, Applied EV works with its customers to integrate the Digital Backbone into a nominated vehicle architecture. This, it notes, can be anything from a specialty vehicle through to a mass-production passenger or truck application. “Importantly, once the system has been integrated into a first architecture, subsequent architectures can be delivered rapidly, underpinned by our internal automotive knowledge and capabilities,” Broadbent says. “It might sound simple, but it’s not easy to design for simplicity, and it’s very refreshing when you start to unbolt traditional components and realise definitively [that] your system is going to keep driving autonomously and safely without them.” Inside the Digital Backbone The Generation Six Digital Backbone central control unit (CCU) has four printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) compacted within an enclosure dimension of 215 x 295 x 54 mm. Each PCBA has an average of 12 layers of copper to accommodate the Digital Backbone CCU design’s complexity and required automotive robustness standard. “We run our two main processor cards on the CCU. As well as embedding the most central parts of our autonomy