mosaic-X5 GNSS module enables compact high-performance components for UAVs

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Aerial drones have proven to save time and costs for jobs such as mapping, survey and inspection. Applications like photogrammetry require centimeter-level accuracy to create orthomosaics used for resource/land monitoring or construction. Hitec Commercial Solutions (Hitec) is a California based company that selected mosaic-X5 as a positioning solution for its cutting-edge components designed for the drone market.

 

Drones offer timely and cost-effective ways of data collection, but accurate results are paramount. Choosing the right module that is optimal for drone use is key to successful products. mosaic-X5 proved to be the ideal PPK-capable module to deliver the accuracy we needed for survey-grade results. Its small form factor and easy-to-integrate design allowed us to create a compact PCB rich with interface connectors and peripherals.

Eric Maglio
Lead Engineer, Unmanned Systems, at Hitec
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Why did Hitec choose for mosaic-X5 GNSS module?

  • mosaic-X5 offers true RTK, outperforming other professional GNSS module receivers
  • Accurate event detection and logging
  • High update rate and low latency to capture truthful accurate real-time data from fast-moving drones (delays in event logging can cause errors in positioning when drone fly at 15m/s or more)
  • Compact size and light weight for tight drone integrations and for increased battery life
  • Hitec needed a receiver properly supported by well-known autopilots and with open communication protocols for easy integration.

 

Hitec’s product: compact and powerful 

mosaic-X5 GNSS module was integrated into Hitec’s PositionPro GNSS board. The compact form factor of PositionPro allows it to fit into a variety of aircrafts. It is much smaller and lighter than a lot of alternatives that offer reduced performance by comparison. Hot shoe input pin and SD card allow precise event logging, ideal for photo time stamping. The board features on-board precision magnetometer and barometer. It provides USB, UART, I²C and CAN interfaces and uses open-source autopilot firmware with full support for PPK for easy Pix4D mapping workflow.

 

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Hitec Commercial Solutions, located in San Diego, California, designs and manufactures unmanned aircrafts as well as electronic components UAVs.  Hitec has long term expertise in building fixed wing (VTOL) and rotary wing unmanned aircrafts as well as components such as actuators, mapping equipment and various drone peripherals. The company provides its unmanned systems product and services to com-
mercial/professional applications, public sector as well as defense.