u-blox M8 high precision GNSS modules
As the deployment of drones broadens to take on remote tasks that are otherwise considered too dirty, dull, or dangerous for manual in-person activity, the accuracy of their position is imperative for ensuring safe flights.
The widespread adoption of commercial drones to perform dangerous or laborious tasks is a rapidly developing multi-billion-dollar global market. CubePilot provides industry-leading autopilot solutions to some of the largest commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) companies in the world, and as such needs to ensure that its solution is robust, secure, accurate, and cost-effective. Within its range of products, CubePilot exclusively selects u-blox modules to provide communication, tracking, and precise positioning with RTK GNSS.
For the commercial drone sector, location accuracy is not only a condition of flight. Precise GNSS/GPS accuracy opens up more possibilities for challenging tasks. Confidence in the source and quality of data is paramount when selecting a partner to provide autopilot and positioning functionality.
The availability of high-level positioning accuracy has long been cost-prohibitive, meaning that the market has, to a large degree, operated within proof-of-concept activity for more ambitious use cases. For the commercial drone market to really take off, it needs accurate, reliable, and cost-effective hardware combined with robust software. Finding a quality hardware solution that marries positioning, tracking, and communication is the key to unlocking the full potential of the drone market.
Knowing where your drone is and knowing how it is interacting with other traffic is clearly very important for a drone operator. This is typically even more of a challenge when flying in built-up urban areas where it’s not possible to rely on point-to-point visual line of sight communication. Finding a cost effective and reliable hardware communication solution that can operate in these conditions is tricky, as not all LTE solutions are capable of providing multi-regional and international coverage.
For CubePilot the overriding proposition for its clients is precision and quality. Being able to supply an auto-pilot solution that can be relied on, even in the most demanding environments, is what sets them apart from alternative solutions. To ensure this reliability and positioning accuracy, CubePilot partnered with u-blox for its communications and positioning modules.
An end-to-end solution, delivering business value:
Specifically, CubePilot utilizes the following modules from u-blox.
These may all be present or in various combinations depending on the specific drone.
By sourcing its high precision positioning and communications modules from u-blox, CubePilot has been able to provide the commercial drone industry with best-in-class precision accuracy and safety at a fraction of the cost of other comparable solutions, with no compromises.