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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) EMC/EMI, Mechanical, and Climatic Testing

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have revolutionized various industries. This includes military, aerospace, agriculture, surveillance, and logistics. Ensuring the reliability and safety of these advanced systems requires comprehensive testing, including Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), mechanical, and climatic testing.

Keystone Compliance has extensive unmanned vehicle testing capabilities and our engineers have experience testing both land and aerial-based vehicles or UAVs. The land vehicle testing has included track-mounted robotics and the aerial vehicle testing has been completed on propeller and rotor-powered drones.

What draws UAV manufacturers to our lab is our knowledge, experience, scope, and equipment. Our knowledge and experience allow us to take a proactive approach with customers. When failures occur, our staff works with customers to identify the causes and potential solutions. Keystone is ISO 17025 accredited. Visit our accreditation page to learn more about our capabilities.

Request a quote to see why hundreds of manufacturers trust Keystone Compliance with their unmanned aerial vehicle testing needs.

Importance of EMC and EMI Testing for UAV and UAS

EMC and EMI testing are vital for UAVs to ensure they can coexist with other electronic systems without causing or suffering from interference. This is especially important in crowded electromagnetic environments such as urban areas or military operations where multiple devices operate simultaneously.

Several international standards and regulations govern EMC and EMI testing for UAVs:

Compliance with these standards ensures that UAVs are robust against electromagnetic disturbances.

Environmental Compliance Testing of UAV and UAS Equipment

Mechanical Testing evaluates the physical robustness of UAVs, ensuring they can withstand stresses such as vibration, shock and drop testing. This type of testing is crucial for assessing the durability and structural integrity of UAV components under operational conditions.

  • Vibration Testing: Simulates the vibrational forces UAVs encounter during flight.
  • Shock Testing: Assesses the UAV’s ability to withstand sudden, severe impacts.
  • Drop Testing: Determines the UAV’s resilience to impacts from falls.

Climatic Testing ensures UAVs can operate under various environmental conditions. This includes temperature extremes, humidity, and exposure to salt, sand, and other environmental factors.

Equipment and Laboratory Testing Capabilities

EMC/EMI Testing Equipment

Keystone Compliance has nine EMC chambers with exhaust systems that allow us to test devices while they are operating. We also have additional exhaust capabilities to dissipate heat load when necessary. Four of our chambers have oversized doors with the largest being 10 foot by 10 foot. Two of our chambers are full-qualification three-meter chambers that measure 18’ high by 20’ wide by 30’ long. The rest of our chambers are military and aerospace chambers that measure 16’ by 16’.

Specific capabilities of the unmanned vehicle / UAV test chamber include radiated emissions measurements in the frequency range of 10 kHz to 40 GHz and radiated immunity/susceptibility capabilities of 10 kHz to 18 GHz up to 200 volts/meter.

Mechanical and Climatic Testing Equipment

In the environmental lab, we have four shakers with the largest capable of 40,000 lbf and more than two dozen temperature and humidity chambers ranging from small reach-in chambers to large walk-in chambers. Keystone can also conduct altitude, thermal shock, and salt-fog chambers as well.

Expert Compliance Testing to UAV Equipment and Systems

Comprehensive testing of UAV and UAS equipment, including EMC, EMI, mechanical, and climatic tests, is essential for ensuring reliability, performance, and safety. Adhering to established standards and integrating advanced testing technologies will continue to enhance the capabilities and robustness of UAVs.

Don’t see a standard or testing type you are looking for? Keystone can design custom equipment and apparatus to meet your unique needs, beyond the capabilities of standard laboratories. Contact us to get started.