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Multi-Band Helical GNSS Antenna for Autonomous Applications Introduced

By Mike Ball / 06 Jul 2021
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Maxtena multiband GNSS antennaMaxtena has launched the M9HCT-A-SMA, a high-accuracy multi-frequency active helix GNSS antenna designed for autonomous applications such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The rugged and compact antenna provides simultaneous GNSS reception on the following frequencies:

  • L1: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou
  • L2: GPS L2C
  • Galileo E5B
  • L5: GPS + L-band corrections

The M9HCT-A-SMA’s active helix design features Maxtena’s patented compact and lightweight Helicore technology, which provides enhanced pattern control, polarization purity and high efficiency in a lightweight and compact form factor. The antenna is ground plane independent and offers extremely low power consumption and minimal phase center variation over azimuth, as well as excellent axial ratio for mitigation of multipath error.

The antenna is also available in an embedded version, and Maxtena provides support for installation and integration for best performance. The antenna can be embedded in any housing and tuned to match the housing’s materials, electronics, and space.

Vanja Maric, Maxtena’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “The M9HCT-A-SMA is the most revolutionary GNSS antenna on the market today. It combines all lower and upper GNSS bands including L1/L2/L5 across all constellations and features L-Band corrections. At the same time, this antenna is the smallest solution with such a performance on the market. The superb axial ratio and multipath rejection allow the antenna to operate in the most RF noisy environments. We see a trend of higher accuracy demand across various industries from autonomous vehicles and robotics to commercial products such as lawn mowers and robotics using our antenna solution.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion 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. Connect & Contact