Trotter Datavault

The DataVault is a high performance additional telemetry unit (ATU) solution. Providing data acquisition, telemetry, logging, tracking, and control.


Simplifying the Collection and Reporting of Critical ATU Event Data

The DataVault is a trusted ATU solution. Providing data acquisition, telemetry, logging, tracking, and control for aerial firefighters.


Real-time Transmission of Operational Data

The DataVault ATU transmits location and event data to fire services in real-time, offering greater situational awareness of any operation.


Complete Telemetry Capture for Advanced Reporting

The DataVault ATU enables operators to easily comply with the increasingly strict reporting needs of authorities worldwide, including the U.S. Forest Service. Information such as locations of start/end of drop, GPS path of drop, amount of retardant dropped, Drop Mode, Engine Start/Stop, Takeoff/Landing and more can be reliably collected and reported.


Easy Installation and Simple Instrument Interface

The DataVault ATU is easily installed into your aircraft, and once installed, offers a simple instrument interface in a busy cockpit environment.


  • Time or Distance based location tracking (pilot selectable)
  • High resolution 10Hz data logging with internal SD Card storage
  • Reporting tools for in-depth data analysis
  • Monitor user I/O with alerts
  • USB Flash-drive for data transfer
  • Developed to meet and exceed NAFC / USFS reporting requirements
  • Pre-programmed bi-directional Air to Ground messaging (with optional Message Interface)
  • Pilot display of linearized tank contents, fuel level or other parameters (with Message Interface)
  • Outputs for control of solenoid and proportional valves / devices
  • Fully configurable for various applications


  • Milspec USB Flashdrive Housing kit –  standard
  • GPS/Sat antenna kit – standard
  • I/O expansion cards – optional
  • Message Interface (under development) – optional


Trotter DataVault ATU Product Details

Dimensions 188mm x 188mm x 63mm (7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ x 2 1/2″)
Weight 1.8kg (4 lbs)
Connectors Amphenol automotive, M12, mircroUSB, SMA
Inputs Standard: 2 serial, 4 analog, 4 digital (configurable); Pro: 2 serial, 8 analog, 8 digital (configurable); XM-Pro: 2 serial, 8 analog, 16 digital (configurable) ? requires ext GPS / Sat Modem
Outputs "Standard: 2 serial, 4 digital (3.5A, +30 Volts, internally protected); Pro: 8 digital (3.5A, +30Volts, internally protected); XM-Pro: 2 serial, 16 digital (3.5A, +30Volts), 4 proportional valve drivers"
Buttons 5 button navigation interface, 4x4 keyboard - optional
Indicators 17 status LEDs
Sensors GPS, Accelerometer and Gyro, Internal Thermometer, Power Loss / Batt. Voltage
Screen Type Sunlight readable monochromatic backlit LCD
Antennas External GPS and Iridium
Casing/Housing Aluminum
Input Voltage 18-36V DC
Power Consumption 14w Max (Transmitting)
Power Sources External
Battery Life n/a
Satellite Network Iridium SBD via 9602 modem
Cellular Network n/a
Operating Temperature -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Operating Environment <75% Relative Humidity
Environmental Rating IP65
Other Certifications n/a

Simplifying the Collection and Reporting of Vital Event Data

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