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Rugged RF signal data recorder for UAVs, aircraft pods, and military vehicles

Summary Talon RTX 25xx series high-performance small form factor (SFF) data recorder for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aircraft pods, tight equipment bays, military vehicles, and most outdoor environments.
Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is introducing the Talon RTX 25xx series high-performance small form factor (SFF) data recorder for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aircraft pods, tight equipment bays, military vehicles, and most outdoor environments.


By Mil & Aero staff
Optimized for small size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP), the rugged sealed half-ATR recorders are available with several input options and as much as 30.7 terabytes of removable solid-state drive storage.
These SFF recorders provide real-time streaming data rates as fast as 4 gigabytes per second for multi-channel, wide bandwidth RF signalrecording.
The model RTX 2590 provides eight phase-coherent 250 MHz 16-bit A/D channels for recording RF/IF signal bandwidth at speeds to 100 MHz per channel with dynamic range. It can sample RF/IF signals at speeds to 700 MHz and provides digital downconverters with output bandwidths selectable from 5 kHz to 100 MHz.
Engineered to operate in tough environments with high levels of shock and vibration, the RTX recorder's chassis keeps all electronics sealed from the external environment. It uses military-standard rugged circular I/O connectors to control RF emissions while protecting the recorder's electronics from humidity, water, dust, sand, and salt fog.
The Talon RTX SFF chassis further seals the internal electronics from the outside environment by extracting heat through conduction to an air-cooled inner plenum. A thermostat-controlled, removable fan pulls air into the front of the chassis, through the plenum and then out the back of the chassis.
Only the fan is exposed to the outside environment, assuring all system electronics are protected in the sealed chassis. The inner plenum can be replaced to provide other cooling options, such as liquid or conduction cooling. Designed to operate in temperatures from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius, these recorders can handle most thermal environments.
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Users can remove Pentek's QuickPac drive pack from the recorder via a set of captive thumb screws on the front panel. A companion offload system for the QuickPac drive pack is available to enable the recorder to redeploy while the recorded data is transported and reviewed via the offload system at a ground facility. The QuickPac drive pack holds as much as 30.7 terabytes of solid-state drive data storage and supports RAID levels 0, 5, or 6.
For secure applications, users can remove a separate operating system drive to extract all non-volatile memory from the system in just a few seconds.