New INS/GNSS Developed for UAV Surveying Applications

Published: 17 Apr 2019

SBG Systems Quanta UAV INS

SBG Systems has announced the Quanta UAV Series, a new line of Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) designed for system integrators of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)-based surveying platforms. The new line will be unveiled at the AUVSI Xponential show in Chicago.

SBG Systems has designed a small, lightweight, and low-power inertial navigation system with two levels of accuracy. Quanta UAV and Quanta UAV Extra have been developed for compact LiDAR and high-end BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) mapping solutions. They provide precise orientation and centimeter level position data delivered both in real-time and post-processing. This direct geo-referencing solution eliminates the need for ground control points and greatly reduces the need for overlapping.

Qinertia, SBG’s post-processing software, provides access to offline RTK corrections from more than 7,000 base stations located in 164 countries. Trajectory and orientation are greatly improved by processing inertial data and raw GNSS observables in forward and backward directions. This advanced software also computes base station positions to quickly get projects to centimeter-level accuracy.

Quanta UAV is the result of SBG’s expertise in both miniaturized technology for drone navigation and high-end sensors for mobile mapping. Designed as a geo-referencing solution, it can also be used as a high-end navigation solution to feed the UAV autopilot. Quanta UAV benefits from a tight integration with in-house IMUs, advanced calibration techniques and algorithms which ensure a consistent behavior in all weather conditions, as well as a robust position even if the UAV gets close to buildings, electrical lines, or trees.

Quanta UAV embeds a web interface for an easy configuration with a 3D view showing all parameters. The calibration tool automatically aligns the lever arm between the two antennas and the sensor, and re-estimates it in flight for more precision. Asking for More simplicity? The SBG Support Team is there to help the user for no extra cost, and Quanta UAV benefits from a two-year warranty and unlimited firmware updates.

Watch a video about the new Quanta UAV series below:

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