Discuss choice and application of GPS's to use with the new PH2.1

Ken McNamara sent a message inquiring about what GPS to use with your new Pixhawk 2.1: I believe this is a great subject for a new discussion. Right now, I believe there is only the "HERE" GPS that is available as a "plug-and-play" solution for the PH2.1 because of the DF-17 plugs; but I think any U-Blox module will work if you can plug it in or solder your own pigtails. From experience, the Ublox Neo M8N works really good in 'less than perfect' conditions: It got a decent lock INDOORS and acquiring a 'warm fix' took only a few seconds. Here is the module I am talking about:


https://www.banggood.com/Ublox-NEO-M8N-Flight-Controller-GPS-with-P...

The 'HERE' modules are awesome but quite big; also they include LED indicators and an arm button.

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That's a great suggestion.  At $20 I'm going to order one.  Looks like it takes a while to get here - maybe I'll be ready to work out plugging it in by then.

So did this suit your needs?

Ken McNamara said:

That's a great suggestion.  At $20 I'm going to order one.  Looks like it takes a while to get here - maybe I'll be ready to work out plugging it in by then.

Haven't finished this yet.  I have the GPS module from bang good - but I have to put a new connector to wire it to the PixHawk2.  It's been a really busy summer for a number of reasons - but I'm close to getting around to this.

yah, same here, been super busy in the last months.



Simon L. said:

So did this suit your needs?

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Simon - 

I've finished building and configuring - and this module worked perfectly (so far).

First mistake I made was trying to put DF-17 plugs on - (see my other post) - bad idea.

Best solution was yours, splice the GPS module into the GPS connector supplied with the Pixhawk 2.1

Module gets GPS indoors.

First flight was yesterday - still have some configuration issues, but nothing related to GPS.

Thanks for the original answer!

KenMc

I have the "Here" one on my 2.1. I am very impressed with it. I have it on the top of the plane, slightly recessed into the epo.

I gets a lock very quickly, also have other ones (Ublox M8N based). Definately better than the "7's" 

Picture of the Here GPS Module installed.

Picture showing GPS Connected to the Pixhawk 2.1 Installed in the Payload bay.

Richard McCarraher said:

I have the "Here" one on my 2.1. I am very impressed with it. I have it on the top of the plane, slightly recessed into the epo.

I gets a lock very quickly, also have other ones (Ublox M8N based). Definately better than the "7's" 

That build looks good, mine is almost done but I've been working at a new job that's quite involving so I put my hobbies aside. When I come here and see these beautiful projects, I miss my own...

Here's my girl waiting on the bench for some attention, lost in the clutter ;(      Notice the HERE GPS embedded in the foamboard

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