202025 Nov
Drone swarm show enabled by u-blox technology
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u-blox has announced that it supplied the high-accuracy technology that made it possible to fly a large drone swarm. The reportedly record-breaking simultaneous flight of 2198 miniature UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) was launched into the night sky over Saint Petersburg, Russia, on September 3rd. The ten-minute long drone show included a flying dove with a wingspan of 600 meters, which was visible from three kilometers away. Geoscan, which built and programmed the drones and ran the display, chose u-blox positioning technology for its combination of accuracy, reliability, performance, and ability to access positional data from both the GLONASS and GPS satellite navigation constellations. The NEO-M8P high precision GNSS module used in the Salute drones implements a real-time kinematic (RTK) approach, that improves positional accuracy by comparing the phase of a signal being broadcast from a positioning satellite with that of the same signal that has been received and re-broadcast from a fixed base station.

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