VectorNav Technologies introduces VN-360 GPS-Compass

March 3, 2016  - By
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VectorNav Technologies has introduced the VN-360 GPS-Compass heading and position sensor. The VN-360 is an OEM GPS-Compass module that provides an accurate, True North heading solution for systems integrators seeking a reliable alternative to magnetic-based sensors.

Many systems currently available on the market depend on digital magnetometers for providing heading measurements of a manned or unmanned platform. However, the majority of these platforms (such as multi-rotor UAVs, ground robots or satellite antennas) also include ferrous materials, motors, batteries or electrical components that drastically limit the ability of a magnetometer to provide an accurate or reliable heading solution. VectorNav’s VN-360 provides a miniature, cost-effective GPS-based alternative that is unaffected by these magnetic disturbances and changes to the magnetic environment.

Incorporating two onboard GNSS receivers, the VN-360 calculates the relative position between its two GNSS antennas to derive a heading solution that is an order of magnitude more accurate than a magnetic compass. It supports a variety of GNSS antennas that can be mounted on the host platform with a separation distance anywhere from a­­­ few centimeters out to several meters. This distance can be configured to provide optimal start-up time, outputting an accurate heading solution typically under two minutes.

“The VN-360 is like no other product on the market in that it provides a cost-effective solution for the difficult challenge of obtaining an accurate and reliable heading solution,” said VectorNav President John Brashear. “VectorNav’s GPS-Compass technology marks a turning point in the way we approach heading measurement and will improve the capabilities and performance of a variety of next-generation manned and unmanned systems.”

The VN-360 is ideal for applications such as antenna pointing, multi-rotor UAVs and aerostats, automated agriculture, heavy machinery, ground robots, weapons training and warfare simulation, and direct surveying among others.

The VN-360 joins VectorNav’s line of inertial sensor systems, which includes the VN-100 IMU/AHRS, VN-200 GPS/INS and VN-300 Dual Antenna GPS/INS, and will be on display at VectorNav’s booth #347 at Satellite 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland, March 7-10. For information on pricing or to schedule a meeting time during the Satellite 2016 event, contact VectorNav at the following: email: sales@vectornav.com; tel: +1-512-772-3615; fax: +1-512-772-3086.

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