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Electronica-Azi International no. 4
September 2019

u-blox high precision positioning modules provide unmatched performance benefits to eVTOL drones

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

u-blox has gained another high-profile endorsement for ZED-F9P, its high precision GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module that delivers centimeter-level accuracy within seconds. Quantum-Systems, a German company specialized in the development and production of electric VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircrafts for civilian use, has incorporated the module in its latest electric Tron F90+ fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). These state-of-the-art 3.5m wingspan drone units, which can travel at speeds of up to 160km/hour and have a 100km flight range, are employed in mission-critical logistical activities – such as the transporting of emergency blood reserves to remote locations, as well as mining and agriculture related tasks.

The Tron F90+ is the latest addition to the Quantum-Systems eVTOL UAV platform designed for cargo, inspection, survey and mapping, and reconnaissance in adverse conditions, and consisting also of the Trinity F9, Scorpion, and Vector UAVs. They all feature u-blox F9 high precision GNSS technology.
Through the multi-band real-time kinematic (RTK) and raw code and carrier phase data available to the ZED-F9P, the necessary positioning correction is assured and the pilot can complete even the most difficult of maneuvers. Each of the Tron F90+ UAVs features a ZED-F9P module. Through either RTK or post-processing positioning correction absolute position accuracy can also be brought down to 3-5 cm. This degree of accuracy means that the u-blox module is about 100 times more accurate than standard meter-level GNSS solutions, but is still able to present customers with very attractive pricing.

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