Septentrio’s GNSS Heading Receiver is Integrated into Tethered Aerostat System

By Caroline Rees / 16 Aug 2013
TIF-25K aerostat

The TIF-25K™ aerostat system

Septentrio have announced that Raven Aerostar, a manufacturer of Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) platforms that provide unmatched performance in challenging environments, has successfully integrated Septentrio’s AsteRx2eH, a single-board dual-antenna GPS/GLONASS heading receiver into their tethered aerostat systems.

Raven Aerostar recently completed a maritime persistent surveillance solution demonstration, deploying a TIF-25K™ aerostat system aboard the High-Speed Vessel – SWIFT (HSV-2), during which the AsteRx2eH performed remarkably. Integrating the single-board AsteRx2eH dual-antenna receiver to replace a solution based on two separate GNSS receivers, allowed Raven Aerostar to achieve a reliable and accurate heading solution while also decreasing deployment time and total cost of GNSS sensors.

The AsteRx2eH provides a compact and low power solution for precise positioning combined with accurate heading information, produced at a high output rate. The tracking of both GLONASS and GPS satellites allows the receiver to improve the availability and robustness of a solution in challenging environments. The AsteRx2eH is a globally acclaimed OEM solution with field proven performance for land, marine and aerial applications. It is for example used onboard helicopters and aerostats during stabilized flights hovering at low dynamics, where inertial sensors cannot easily provide a drift free solution. Another application is delivering reliable heading information for driverless ground vehicles, even at very low speeds.

“From its user interface to its accuracy and durability, Septentrio’s AsteRx2eH receiver has proven to be an exceptionally stable system,” commented Patrick Lokken, Engineering Technician at Raven Aerostar. “We have integrated the AsteRx2eH into our lighter-than-air applications in multiple environments including desert and
maritime, and have yet to see it falter.”

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