Inertial Sense Releases RTK Support for INS

Published: 04 Feb 2019

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Inertial Sense have announced the release of Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) support for their Inertial Sensors. The company’s augmented inertial navigation solution is now available with an accuracy of 2-3 centimeters. This, in combination with the on-board fusion of inertial sensors, provides a robust and accurate positioning solution for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other unmanned platforms.

Inertial Sense designs and manufactures precision INS+RTK GPS sensors that deliver fast, accurate, and reliable altitude, velocity, and position for a wide range of autonomous applications. Inertial Sense’s new micro INS with RTK provides a high degree of precision for orientation and position in a compact package ever offered. Standard INS/GPS sensors offer accuracy in the range of 1.5-2 meters, with Inertial Sense’s micro INS with RTK providing accuracy of 2-3 centimeters.

“The incredibly small size of our new micro INS sensor with RTK, in combination with its extremely affordable price point, will make this type of highly sophisticated technology accessible for general consumer applications for the very first time,” said Walt Johnson, Founder and CTO, Inertial Sense. “We are offering RTK at a size, accuracy and price point that the market has never seen before.”

By optimizing the manufacturing processes for high volume applications, the micro INS with RTK sensor is literally as small and lightweight as a dime. This sensor will enable the navigation of all types of autonomous vehicles with a very high degree of precision.

Inertial Sense’s patented modules are currently being sold worldwide at volume in a broad variety of applications including:

  • Autonomous Navigation: Drones, Ground Robotics, Precision Agriculture, Automobiles
  • Aerial Surveys: UAV Payloads for 3D Mapping, Photogrammetry, Orthomosaics
  • Gimbal Stabilization and Antenna Pointing
  • 3D motion capture and Personnel Tracking

Inertial Sense has bundled Evaluation Kits that are simple to use and contain everything needed to get your development project logging RTK accurate data. The evaluation boards can be utilized in both Rover and Base Station configurations and include 900mhz radios with onboard logging capabilities.

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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