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64 Inside GNSS M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 8 Septentrio Releases AsteRx SB, a Compact and Ruggedized GNSS receiver G NSS receiver manufacturer Septentrio announced the arrival of its AsteRx SB, which was first showcased at Expomin in San- tiago, Chile and Intermat in Paris, France, and then was on display at the recent IEEE/ION Position Loca- tion and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) in Monterey, California. e AsteRx SB delivers Septentrio's ground-breaking quad-constellation RTK in a low-power, IP68 compli- ant housing. Built around the hugely successful AsteRx-m2 GNSS receiver engine, the AsteRx SB features WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet and serial connectivity. Septentrio's GNSS+ suite of positioning algorithms con- verts difficult environments into good positioning: LOCK+ technol- ogy to maintain tracking during heavy vibration, APME+ to combat multipath and IONO+ technology to ensure position accuracy during periods of elevated ionospheric activ- ity, according to the company. It also features AIM+ interference mitigation and monitoring system whichcan suppress the widest variety of interferers, from simple continuous narrowband signals to the most com- plex wideband and pulsed jammers. Key benefits for users include: • Quad-constellation, multi-fre- quency, all-in-view RTK receiver • Robust and compact IP68 weatherproof housing • AIM+ interference monitor- ing and mitigation system • L-band PPP, RTK, scalable accuracy Whether exposed to the elements or inside a vehicle cab, operating alone or as a core component of a sensor-fusion system, it is designed as straightforward to setup and integrate into any new or existing application. "We've produced a small and low- power device with zero compromise on performance. From machine control to sensor-fusion applications, manned or unmanned, the compact size and low power of the AsteRx SB along with its range of communications options make it ideal for any proj- ect requiring reliable high-precision positioning," said Gustavo Lopez, Product Manager at Septentrio. Septentrio also announced the launch of the next generation AsteRx-i. e AsteRx-i com- bines Septentrio's latest compact, multi-frequency multi-constellation GNSS engine with an external industrial grade MEMS based IMU. Jan Van Hees told Inside GNSS in Monterey of plans to release two more sensors later this year. INDUSTRY VIEW MicroPilot Integrates Trimble's High- Precision GNSS into its Triple Redundant UAS Autopilot M icroPilot and Trimble have entered into an agreement that will enable the integration of Trimble's high-precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technology into the MP2128 Triple Redundant UAS Autopilot. MicroPilot produces autopilots for all types of professional drones, includ- ing fixed-wing, multi-rotor and verti- cal take-off and landing (VTOL). As Trimble looks to gain market share in the UAS industry, the team at Micro- Pilot can offer their years of expertise integrating guidance, navigation and support systems in these platforms. "MicroPilot has phenomenal inte- gration abilities," Trimble's Strategic Initiatives Director for Wireless & UAV InTech Division Joe Carey said during this year's AUVSI XPONEN- TIAL conference in Denver. "ey have a team that integrates the auto- pilot into the airframe. We want to be integrated into as many airframes as possible. It's an emerging market and we want to be part of it, but we don't want to be in the airframe business." Integrating autopilots can be difficult because a lot of settings have to be fine- tuned, Carey said. e team at Micro- Pilot offers support through the design cycle and completes extensive testing to ensure they provide a reliable autopilot that safely guides and controls drones. MicroPilot works closely with high-end drone companies that make

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