GPS & GNSS Navigation Systems for Unmanned Vehicles, UAVs, Robotics

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NovAtel, part of Hexagon, is a global technology leader, pioneering end-to-end solutions for assured positioning in land, marine, and aerial unmanned systems. For NovAtel, positioning is only assured when it is precise, accurate, reliable, available and authentic.​

With the dramatic rise in demand for positioning and location-based services across every business landscape, our solutions are empowering intelligent positioning ecosystems in vital industries that depend on our ability to tackle the most complex challenges in the most demanding of environments.​

Our products are used in a wide variety of unmanned systems applications, from military and security, to UAV and ground vehicle navigation. High-profile successes for the technology include the first ever unmanned airborne refueling test, DARPA’s first unmanned ground vehicle race and planning/testing for the Mars Rover expedition.

Read case studies on NovAtel’s technology in action:

High Precision GNSS Receiver Boards

Our low-power GNSS receiver cards offer multi-constellation and multi-frequency tracking. A variety of hardware and software configurations are available, and software is upgradeable in the field.

OEM7™ GNSS Receivers

High-precision, multi-frequency GNSS receivers with advanced interference detection and mitigation features, for enhanced positioning reliability, accuracy and availability for drones, UAVs and robotic applications. Each receiver includes L-Band and SPAN® GNSS+INS functionality.

OEM7700 Multi-Frequency GNSS Receiver

OEM7700 GNSS Receiver Board

The OEM7700 multi-frequency GNSS receiver delivers robust positioning, simplifies integration and offers maximum connectivity in a small package.

OEM7720 Dual-Antenna GNSS Receiver

OEM7720 GNSS Receiver Board

The OEM7720 dual-antenna input, multi-frequency GNSS receiver offers precise positioning plus SPAN functionality for space constrained unmanned applications.

OEM719 GNSS Receiver Board

OEM719 GNSS Receiver Board

The OEM719 multi-frequency GNSS receiver delivers precise positioning while retaining backwards compatibility with NovAtel’s popular OEM615™ and OEM617™ form factors.

OEM729 Multi-Frequency GNSS Receiver

OEM729 GNSS Receiver Board

The OEM729 -multi-frequency GNSS receiver delivers precise positioning while retaining backwards compatibility with NovAtel’s OEM628™ form factor.

OEMStar Low Cost Single-Frequency GNSS ReceiverOEMStar Receiver

The OEMStar is a low-cost single-frequency receiver with a small form factor (46×71 mm) and a low power consumption (< 500 mW). It features up to 14 channels of L1 GPS, GLONASS or combined GPS/GLONASS.

Learn more: OEMStar Receiver

SPAN® GNSS Inertial Systems

NovAtel’s SPAN® technology tightly couples our OEM precision GNSS receivers with robust Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to provide reliable, continuously available, position, velocity and attitude – even through short periods of time when satellite signals are blocked or unavailable.

SPAN® GNSS-INS Receivers

We provide GNSS/INS SPAN® receivers at card level as well as fully enclosed ruggedized modules.

Learn more: SPAN® GNSS-INS Receivers


SPAN® technology tightly couples NovAtel’s GNSS receiver technology with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). We market a variety of IMUs from leading IMU manufacturers to provide our customers the opportunity to select an IMU that delivers the accuracy or price point their unmanned application requires.


The IMU-CPT is a stand-alone OEM IMU based on NovAtel’s SPAN-CPT. Comprised of fiber-optic gyros and MEMS accelerometers.

IMU-CPT Tactical Grade Fiber Optic Gyros (FOG) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)