Sentera Releases RTK GPS Module for PHX Fixed-Wing UAV

By Caroline Rees / 23 Mar 2018

PHX Fixed-Wing UAV

Sentera has released an RTK GPS precision positioning module for the PHX™ Pro fixed-wing drone. The module delivers true L1/L2, multi-constellation RTK to the PHX Pro. Sentera’s RTK solution offers survey, agriculture, and mapping customers sub-5cm and better accuracy on orthomosaics and 3D mapping and modeling products without the need for surveyed ground control points or time-consuming post-processing of the GPS data.

Launch customer ISight RPV Services beta-tested the new system, validating the PHX’s ability to geo-tag image capture points with sub-5cm and better accuracy in real time, generating more accurate results, faster.

“We are excited by the results ISight RPV Services achieved using RTK with the Double 4K Sensor on the PHX Pro. The design objectives of the solution have been achieved. L1/L2 RTK on PHX brings another level of precision data capture to an already exceptional product line,” said Todd Colten, chief aerospace engineer for Sentera. “Almost overnight, industry expectations for reliable and affordable sub-5cm level accuracy have been redefined.”

Sentera’s RTK solution dramatically simplifies high-precision workflows. By reliably and automatically stamping precise capture information into every photo as it is captured, Sentera has removed the need to lay down ground control points or perform time-consuming and manual post-processing steps to achieve RTK-level accuracy.

Compared to single frequency RTK solutions, dual frequency L1/L2 RTK locks into a high-precision solution much more quickly and holds the solution more reliably. Sentera’s RTK, combined with the best-in-class Double 4K sensor and the rugged, enterprise-grade PHX Pro drone, offers a simple, high-performance solution for virtually every job site. Orthomosaic and 3D products can routinely achieve sub-5cm and better precision under typical conditions and flight profiles.

“The RTK sensor package will greatly reduce the time required in the field since we don’t have to lay down surveyed ground points anymore,” comments Nathan Leben, vice president of flight operations for ISight. “Having immediate access to high-precision photo capture makes our jobs more efficient and easier, and will ultimately provide our customers with better data more quickly. It’s truly a game-changer.”

The hot-swappable RTK module for the hand-launched PHX Pro fixed-wing drone allows users to add payloads to their fleet as business expands or other data-capture needs are required.

Colten explains, “Customers can purchase a PHX Pro platform with RTK GPS and enjoy the full benefits of the system immediately. Or, they can order a basic PHX Pro drone solution now and purchase the RTK upgrade at a later date. The system is completely scalable to support any size operation.”

Existing PHX Pro customers can upgrade to RTK by ordering an RTK add-on module.

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