Modular approach for developers
The GSS7000 series of multi-frequency, multi-GNSS RF constellation simulators provides an entry to multi-frequency testing, with a modular approach that expands with users’ needs. The GSS7000 system is for receiver, system and application developers who want to take advantage of new satellite navigation systems and the better accuracy offered by civilian, multi-frequency GNSS. It provides faithful emulation of all civil GNSS systems and regional augmentation systems, and allows devices to be tested under a multitude of operating environments and error conditions.
Spirent Communications, www.spirent.com
Machine control, marine survey
The Eclipse P328 is a multi-frequency, multi-GNSS all-signals receiver board that includes Hemisphere’s newest hardware platform and integrates Atlas GNSS Global Corrections. It is designed for land or marine survey, machine control, and any application where high-accuracy positioning is required. With the new hardware platform, the overall cost, size, weight and power consumption of the P328 are reduced. It offers true scalability with centimeter-level accuracy in either single-frequency mode or full performance multi-frequency, multi-GNSS, Atlas-capable mode that supports fast real-time kinematic (RTK) initialization times over long distances. The P328 uses the Athena GNSS engine, as well as Hemisphere’s new aRTK technology powered by Atlas. This feature allows the P328 to operate with RTK accuracies when RTK corrections fail.
Hemisphere GNSS, hemispheregnss.com
Increased accuracy services available through software
The Onyx multi-frequency GNSS OEM board offers integrated StarFire/real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS capabilities. Onyx features 255-channel tracking, including multi-constellation support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo. It also provides high performance in GNSS receiver sensitivity and signal tracking as well as patented multi-path mitigation, interference rejection and anti-jamming capabilities. Through software, it can be upgraded from free DGPS signal sources such as WAAS to increased accuracy services with integrated StarFire with Rapid Recovery or RTK with RTK Extend.
NavCom Technology, www.navcomtech.com
The size of a deck of cards
The CLAW is a self-contained, ruggedized, miniature, real-time hardware GPS simulator. It targets applications that require small, low-power and low-cost GNSS synthesis with repeatable and highly accurate GNSS RF signals such as production testing of GNSS receivers, simulating GNSS anomalies such as leap-second events, 1023 GPS Week rollovers, operation in inaccessible locations, real-time transcoding of different GNSS systems, and testing using dynamically user-configured RF signal levels. The CLAW contains real-time processing hardware to simulate GPS constellations without the need to connect any external equipment other than a USB power source or power supply.
Jackson Labs Technologies, www.jackson-labs.com
Defense atomic clock
For critical applications in dynamic environments
The Force 2020 is a rugged, anti-vibration, GPS/GNSS-lockable, ultra-low-noise Rubidium atomic clock for highly dynamic defense platform applications. It is designed for next-generation defense airborne radars, drones, helicopters, and secure shipboard and radio communications systems. These systems use high K-band frequencies that require ultra-low-noise performance, which can only be minimally degraded in tactical missions when exposed to dynamic vibration and high-g environments.
SURVEY & MAPPING
Ready for tough field jobs
The SXPad 800H is a rugged handheld GPS data collector designed for mobile geographic information system (GIS) users in applications such as water, electric and gas utilities; transportation; mining; agriculture; and forestry. The high-performance 800-MHz device is designed to give users the power needed to work with maps and large data sets in the field. It is created for rugged outdoor use, with a waterproof seal (IP65) and ability to survive a five-foot (1.5-meter) drop to concrete. Its 3.7-inch VGA color touchscreen is sharp and sunlight readable. Features include a battery life of 12 hours on a charge, slots for MicroSD and SIM cards, and the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.
Partnership for site surveys
The DJI-Datumate Site Survey Solution is a comprehensive and professional package of imagery and mapping tools that help surveying, construction, inspection and infrastructure companies generate a working model, visualize a site, and create analytics and plans. The drone, software and app package automates and expedites site surveys, infrastructure mapping and inspection. Bundles include a DJI Drone, a DatuFly tablet app for automated aerial photography, and DatuGram 3D photogrammetry software that converts aerial and ground images to high-precision, geo-referenced 2D maps and 3D models. DatuFly software generates a flight and image-taking plan for the drone based on the best-practice requirements of DatuGram 3D photogrammetry, ensuring survey-grade accuracy.
DJI, www.dji.com; Datumate, datumate.com
Takes high accuracy into difficult terrain
Designed for geospatial field data collection and inspection applications that require high-accuracy positioning, the Asteri X-Series of receivers are light enough to be mounted to external sensors or worn on the body or arm. The compact receivers were designed for safety and ease of use. Each device weighs 11.3 ounces with a 12-hour lithium battery. Their 2.8-inch by 5.4-inch size allows them to fit safely in shoulder or arm pouches. The three products in the X-Series provide varying levels of accuracy: X-1 provides sub-meter accuracy out of the box; X-2 offers accuracy of 1 meter down to 1 cm with RTK/VRS; X-3 will achieve 1 cm with RTK/VRS, 30 cm with Atlas H30, 4–10 cm with Atlas H10. The integrated design allows users to work in difficult terrain without worrying about equipment and antennas getting snagged or broken.
Asteri Navigation, asterinav.com
Autonomous navigation module
Performs dead-reckoning for in-vehicle systems
The SL869-3DR is a GNSS module for global use that leverages information from internal gyros, accelerometers and a barometric pressure sensor to perform dead-reckoning navigation for application areas such as track and trace and in-vehicle systems. The module delivers accurate position data either directly from its multi-constellation receiver or from a fully autonomous dead-reckoning system, requiring no connections to external devices or components other than an antenna for satellite signal reception and power. The module allows integrators to design zero-installation, in-vehicle navigation and tracking devices for fleets and other commercial or consumer applications that operate perched on the dashboard, connected only to vehicle power. The SL869-3DR is designed to support GPS, QZSS, GLONASS, Beidou and is Galileo ready.
IMU for aviation
Soon to be in Boeing 777x
The SDI300 aviation-grade inertial measurement unit (IMU) delivers reliable high performance and stability over full temperature and vibration environments. The compact, low-power, high-quality SDI300 IMU enables efficient and smooth aircraft maneuvers through the most complex flight scenarios and challenging environments, while improving total system cost-effectiveness, reduced obsolescence and increased sustainability. In November, Rockwell Collins awarded a contract to Systron Donner Inertial for the SDI300, to be used in the new Boeing 777X Integrated Flight Control Electronics fly-by-wire system.
Systron Donner Inertial, www.systron.com
Optimized for UAVs
The Bathymetric Depth Finder is fully integrated to Riegl’s Bathycopter, enabling the generation of profiles of inland water bodies. The BDF-1 is a compact and lightweight bathymetric depth finder optimized for UAV-borne operation. The topo-bathymetric depth finder comprises tilt compensation, an IMU/GNSS unit with antenna, a control unit and a data storage unit. It can be equipped with two external digital cameras. Riegl’s new hydrographic full waveform processing delivers highly accurate, reliable and informative data; pre-detection averaging allows essential performance in adverse conditions.
Withstands magnetic interference
The updated Matrice 600 Pro offers improved flight performance, a more powerful battery charging system and better loading capacity for industrial equipment, cinema cameras and other professional aerial applications. The A3 Pro flight controller comes with triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three sets of GNSS units, enhancing precision control while improving overall safety. Vibration damping balls have been added to the flight controller’s redundant inertial measurement unit module and main controller, absorbing more shake and reducing more noise. Compatibility with D-RTK GNSS makes the A3 Pro withstand magnetic interference and provides centimeter-level accuracy suitable for industrial applications.