AUVSI: OxTS to Launch New xNAV500 Inertial Navigation System

Published: 07 May 2014
xNAV500 inertial navigation system

The xNAV500 inertial navigation system

OxTS will show its new GPS-aided inertial navigation system xNAV500 at this years’ AUVSI Unmanned Systems Conference.

It may be small, but the new xNAV500 represents a big addition to our xNAV line-up as the first model to feature real-time output of measurement data. The xNAV500 builds on the success of the xNAV200, and is aimed squarely at UAV and UAS applications where payload restrictions mean the size and weight of GPS-aided inertial navigation sensors are almost as important as their measurement accuracy.

With a mass of just 380 g and small enough to fit in a coat pocket, the xNAV500 packs a lot of technology into a small space. Featuring dual GPS receivers and a state-of-the-art custom built inertial measurement unit, the xNAV500 constantly monitors position, orientation and velocity with high accuracy. 4 GB of on-board storage is available, allowing four days’ worth of measurements to be stored internally. Data can be easily downloaded from the system and post-processed using our advanced software, which is included as standard at no extra cost.

Interfacing the xNAV500 to cameras, laser scanners or other sensor arrays is easy thanks to the xNAV500’s digital input, which can be used to generate event-driven navigation messages that are time-stamped to external events. The easy to use configuration software, NAVconfig, also allows the xNAV500 to generate distance-based signals that can be used to trigger external equipment. These features, and the convenience of the one-box solution, ensure it is quick and easy to acquire the accurate exposure point data required for direct-georeferencing.

Visit OxTS at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems Conference in Orlando, from 13-15 May 2014 on booth #1841.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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