SOURCE: Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing

July 20, 2011 16:10 ET

Curtiss-Wright Controls Debuts New Rugged Solid-State HD Video Data Recorder

Skyquest™ VRDV-5002-01 Supports up to Two High Density CompactFlash® Storage Cards for > 3 Hours of HD Video Recording

ASHBURN, VA--(Marketwire - Jul 20, 2011) - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) VME, VPX, OpenVPX™ and CompactPCI products for the rugged deployed aerospace and defense market, has introduced the newest addition to its industry leading Skyquest™ family of rugged video recorders, the Skyquest VRDV-5002 High Definition Video Recorder. The VRDV-5002 is a compact, lightweight, high definition (HD) video recorder that features a unique solid-state low-cost CompactFlash®-based storage system and supports video and/or audio capture and playback during the mission. The VRDV-5002 is designed for use in applications that require optimal performance in harsh environments, including extreme temperature, high shock and vibration conditions. It speeds and simplifies the integration of high performance HD video recording into space, weight and power (SWaP) constrained airborne and ground military, paramilitary, and search & rescue platforms.

"Our Skyquest VRDV-5002 HD video recorder is the smallest rugged professional quality HD recorder with replay available today," said Lynn Bamford, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. "They replace cumbersome, expensive video approaches with low-cost, highly rugged solid-state CompactFlash memory cards."

Curtiss-Wright's Skyquest line of video recorders is designed for capturing mission video in the most demanding environments. Video formats supported include Composite or S-Video in PAL or NTSC format, or the latest HD video from the leading EO sensor systems. The VRDV-5002 delivers industry leading, broadcast quality MPEG2 recording onto one or two (2) CompactFlash cards, to deliver up to >3 hours of full quality recording capability.

The lightweight, compact VRDV-5002 is housed in a rugged all-aluminum chassis with simplified Dzus fasteners. Designed for SWaP constrained applications, the VRDV-5002 measures 146 mm x 56 mm x 256 mm and weighs 1.5 kg. The unit supports a single channel HD-SDI input and output.

Skyquest VRDV-5002 Performance Features

  • Up to two (2) standard high-density CompactFlash cards
    • Depending on card density and bandwidth, can record >3 hours on a single card
  • Instant playback of any video/audio clip, no need to rewind
  • Low bit rate high compression for minimized mission storage requirements
  • Simple file transfer to Blu-ray™ Disc (BD) for playback on any media PC
  • Remote control supported via Skyquest rugged video display
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Variable quality settings
  • Supports Playback during the mission
  • Dzus mounting
  • Supports industry standard file format
  • Audio recording supported

Skyquest Rugged Video Displays
The Skyquest VRDV-5002 HD video recorder is designed for optimum operation with Curtiss-Wright's Skyquest family of rugged video displays, including the AVDU-5008. Skyquest rugged displays support soft keys that can be configured to remotely control connected mission equipment such as the Skyquest VRDV-5002 HD video recorder. The soft keys can be used to start/stop video recording and to control play back of recorded video during the mission.

For a full video demonstration of the Curtiss-Wright Video Management System (VMS) technology in action, please visit our website at

For price and availability, please contact the CWCEC Sales team.

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About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is the industry's most comprehensive and experienced single source for embedded solutions, ranging from Processing, Subsystems, Data Communication, DSP, and Video & Graphics to the most advanced board level components and fully integrated custom systems. The Embedded Computing group serves the defense, aerospace, commercial and industrial markets and is part of Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc.

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit

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