Portable Ground Control Station

UAV Factory’s off-the-shelf portable Ground Control Station (GCS) is designed for controlling unmanned vehicles

Key Features

UAV Factory’s off-the-shelf portable Ground Control Station (GCS) is a flexible and universal solution for controlling unmanned vehicles and payloads. By using a unique, modular electronics compartment (MEC), application specific hardware can be quickly installed. This flexibility allows the GCS to be configured to control unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV), ground robots, bomb disposal robots, remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and other robotic devices. The GCS can also be configured to control and monitor measurement and sensing equipment. 

Based on Panasonic’s field proven CF-31 Toughbook, the GCS has additional 17’’ sunlight readable touch screen display, advanced power distribution system with hot-swappable dual batteries and status monitoring features. The GCS is housed in a military grade rugged lightweight case which makes it ideal for use in harsh environments.
  • Universal off-the-shelf ground control station
  • Based on fully ruggedized Panasonic
    CF-31 Toughbook
  • Integrated Toughbook docking station
  • Two Hot-swappable lithium batteries
  • User-dedicated modular electronics
  • Two 12 V power outputs for datalinks
  • Comprehensive set of connections
  • Super bright 17” and 13” touch screen displays
  • 10-32 VDC input range
  • Intuitive power monitoring display
  • Over-voltage, overcurrent, reverse polarity
  • Battery over-discharge protection
  • User-serviceable fuses
  • Removable Cordura bag for accessories
  • Carry handles, wheels and shoulder strap for
    convenient transportation
  • Ruggedized and lightweight design
The GCS can be configured for many different applications by using the modular electronics compartment. The modular electronics compartment contains a comprehensive set of connections which allows the user to install application specific hardware such as autopilot RF-modems, video receivers, data links, data storage and recording devices. The connection ports are routed directly from the electronics compartment to the docked Panasonic CF-31. This makes all hardware installation essentially plug and play.

With the capability to be powered from 10-32 VDC, the GCS can be used anytime, anywhere. Dual hot-swappable Lithium batterie provide up to 2 hours operation time. Batteries can be hot-swapped without restarting the GCS, allowing for extended operation time.

The integrated power distribution system provides two 12 VDC, 50 W power outputs for the equipment in the electronics compartment as well as external devices that are used in conjunction with the GCS. Sensitive electronic equipment is protected by built in power safety features including over-voltage protection, over-current protection, reverse polarity protection and battery over-discharge protection. The GCS is housed in a military-grade transportation case for maximum protection. A removable Cordura accessories bag makes it convenient to carry small components and accessories such as a joystick, mouse, wiring, antennas, external GPS antenna.


Product Specification

Mechanical Specifications:
Dimensions 1000 x 420 x 170 mm
Weight (excl. Panasonic Toughbook CF-31) 18.9 kg
Environmental protection IP66 when closed
Operating temperature (-20 to +60 °C)
Electronics compartment dimensions 320 x 270 x 80 mm
Electronics mounting base M4 threaded mounting grid, 45 mm pitch, 
aluminum mount kit included
Accessory bag internal dimensions 220 x 160 x 70 mm
Case features Rugged plastic case, side handles, carry handle,
wheels, pressure purge valve, shoulder strap
Computer mounting Docking

Electrical Specifications:

DC input 10 – 32 VDC
Over-voltage protection, reverse polarity protection
Battery type Lithium Ion
Battery Capacity 108 Wh
Battery Operation time 2 hours (typical)
Connections (all routed to Panasonic CF-31) 2 serial (RS-232), 5 USB, 2 Ethernet, 1 Composite
Video in (IMPERX video device needed),
1 VGA in (optional), 1 Microphone in,
1 Audio out, PCMCIA slot, HDMI
Connections to 17” display Composite Video (Optional), external VGA
input (Optional)
DC power output 1 12V 5A fused, 50 W
DC power output 2 12V 5A fused, 50 W
Antenna pass-through Two 50 Ohm antenna pass-through to upper 
lid. SMA-RP termination, RG 142

Computer Specifications (not included with GCS):

Model Panasonic Toughbook CF-31
(specifications as per manufacturer datasheets)
Durability MIL-STD-810G & IP65 certified (6' drop)
Display Type                                                       13.1" XGA touch screen LED 1024x768
Brightness 1100 nits

17” Display Specifications:

Display Type 17 " TFT 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
Optional touch screen
Brightness 1600 nits
Signal source                                             Selectable between Panasonic Toughbook
and external VGA input ( Optional)


AC/DC adapter 110 - 240 VAC to 24 VDC complete with push-pull connector  
Power supply cable with push-pull connector, unterminated, 12 AWG, 5 m  
GCS foldable stand  
Shoulder strap  

Product Downloads

Portable GCS Datasheet
Control Station User Manual V1.1

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Product Video

Portable Ground Control Station overview