ZEUS UGV – Climatic Environmental Capability
CLIMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL CAPABILITY
It is unknown where a suspect device could be, so you need to be ready for all scenarios. It may be necessary to work in dark, light, wet, dry, hot, cold and dusty conditions.
Normal Light Conditions, Daylight
Zeus has 5 colour cameras that work in all normal light levels.
Low Light Conditions
If you progress into a darker space, Zeus’ cameras automatically switch to low light mode without the need to activate the lights.
Very Low Light Conditions
If you proceed into a very dark space, then Zeus’s cameras integrated bright white LED lights can be switched on, varying their intensity if required.
If you don’t want bright lights, Zeus has Infra-Red lights that can be used instead.
Heavy rain, damp or very humid conditions should not stop your ability to use your UGV. Zeus is fully water proof to IP65 and can cope with the most arduous and sustained wet conditions, including hosing down and even the use of a pressure washer.
But resistance to rain and humidity are not the only reasons to need a waterproof UGV. You will need to clean your UGV and be confident that the cleaning process will not cause any damage. Zeus’ ruggedised design allows cleaning with hot and cold low pressure water, steam, and detergents, without wear, deterioration, or damage.
|Test chamber for water ingress protection (IP) rating to EN 60529|
Temperatures vary widely around the world, and you need to be sure that your UGV will work when it’s very cold or very hot. Some areas of Eastern Europe for example can vary in temperature throughout the year from -32ºC to +49ºC. Zeus’ ruggedised design has been carefully considered for these temperature extremes, and independently tested for the extremes of temperature. You can be sure that these environments will not limit your mission.
But what about hot beating down sun? Heat is not the only problem in hot climates. An often over looked climatic condition is solar radiation which can even occur on cold days. Bright sunlight, even on cold days, can generate temperature extremes and these must also be catered for. Zeus has been designed to cope with this solar radiation as well as simply hot conditions.
|Test chamber for temperature resistance to EN 60068|
Corrosion, often enhanced by extreme temperatures and heat must not be a restricting factor. Although a UGV may be able to resist heat and water, over a period of time this can lead to corrosion. Zeus is manufactured from corrosion resistant materials and finishes including a chemical agent resisting paint coating (CARC), stainless steel and titanium, all materials highly resistant to long term corrosion including in salt laden atmospheres such as harbours and quays.
But resistant to climatic corrosion may not be your only concern. You may need resistance to chemicals as well. Yet again, Zeus’ choice of paint finishes and materials offers maximum protection against chemical attack.
Please contact us for more detailed information of chemical resistance.
SAND AND DUST RESISTANCE
Sand, dust and particles, becoming abrasive due to heavy winds, and over a sustained period, can present a significant risk to the operation of your UGV. Zeus’ ruggedised design has been optimised to cope with these harsh environments and independently tested to IP65 proving it can withstand these conditions.
|Test chamber for sand & dust resistance to EN 60529|
If you need to work in a potentially explosive gas environment, Zeus has an optional explosive gas detector. This will detect if Zeus has entered an explosive atmosphere and report a warning back to the operator. The operator then has the choice to either fully shutdown Zeus which will completely disconnect the batteries and remove any risk of explosion due to electrical spark, continue with the mission or return to the control point. If the user chooses to continue with the mission, the warning will remain active until the explosive risk has gone away.