Asio Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of geospatial position systems and tactical defense solutions, has unveiled the NavGuard NOCTA Mini, a mini-size jam-proof aerial optical positioning system for drones and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
According to Asio, NavGuard is a real-time optical navigation system that enables seamless and accurate autonomous GNSS-free navigation for tactical UAS platforms in areas where the GNSS signal is spoofed, jammed, or unavailable.
Using machine vision technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), advanced optics, and sensor fusion, NavGuard can be installed on different UAS platforms to enable safe and sustainable 24/7 drone missions under complete GNSS blackout.
NavGuard’s new mini version, NOCTA Mini, is designed for installation on drones and small UAS. Lighter and with low power consumption, it is a fully integrated day and night optical navigation module for jam-proof and spoof-proof operations.
“NOCTA Mini attracts a lot of attention from the drone OEMs and the end-users thanks to the low energy consumption, compact, lightweight, and low power consumption design,” said David Harel, Asio Technologies CEO. “Based on our fielded and operational NavGuard solution, the world’s first optical navigation system for tactical UAS, with day and night capabilities, NOCTA Mini ensures operational freedom for drones and small UAS.”
NOCTA Mini enables drones to operate Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) from take-off to landing, and as it is based on machine vision, the system is drift free. It is a self-contained system incorporating a computing module, GIS Infrastructure, and day and night cameras.
Designed for a wide variety of applications, from defense, homeland security, and infrastructure security, it is an optimal solution for tactical drone missions where payload capacity and flight time are limited and continuous operation under all conditions is critical.