High-Performance Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) for Unmanned Systems

VectorNav Introduces New Miniature Tactical IMU and GNSS/INS

By Mike Ball / 11 Aug 2020
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VectorNav Tactical Embedded inertial sensorsVectorNav Technologies has introduced its new Tactical Embedded line of inertial systems, featuring a tactical-grade IMU (inertial measurement unit) and multi-band GNSS-aided INS (inertial navigation systems). With a compact package weighing just 15 grams, the new Tactical Embedded products deliver milliradian attitude accuracy and centimeter-level positioning capability.

The new Tactical Embedded line delivers an excellent size to performance ratio and is designed to enable cost reduction for a wide range of pointing and geo-referencing applications for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and unmanned systems, including gimballed ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) payloads, SATCOM systems, and high-precision LiDAR mapping and photogrammetry. Tactical Embedded sensors also features support for external SAASM GPS for defense applications in ISR, electronic warfare, munitions and UAV navigation.

The new Tactical Embedded sensors have been designed and engineered at VectorNav’s AS9100-certified facility in Dallas, Texas, USA. The line consists of:

  • VN-110E IMU/AHRS
  • VN-210E GNSS-Aided INS
  • VN-310E Dual Antenna GNSS/INS

Highlights of the Tactical Embedded range include:

  • 0.05-0.1° heading, 0.015° pitch & roll
  • 1 m horizontal and 1.5 m vertical position accuracy
  • 1 cm RTK positioning accuracy
  • < 1°/hr gyro in-run bias, < 10 μg accel in-run bias
  • 184 channel L1/L2/E1/E5b GNSS receiver
  • Support for external RTK, PPK and SAASM GPS
  • High update rates (800 Hz IMU; 400 Hz Nav)
  • Miniature footprint (< 15 grams, 31 x 31 x 11 mm)
  • Low power (< 480 mA @ 3.3 V)

John Brashear, VectorNav President, commented: “The Tactical Embedded is the culmination of years of development to bring milliradian-level attitude performance and robust positioning into a form factor that represents a disruptive step in inertial navigation capability. Systems integrators worldwide can now embed tactical-grade inertial navigation capabilities into their electronics, unlocking a range of new applications and possibilities.”

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