New GPS devices for ArduCopter/ArduPlane/ArduRover use

ArduCopter / ArduRover / ArduPlane specific GPS devices with uBlox NEO6 modules are here...

Finally they are here. We have been testing and developing these GPS devices over 4 months and now they are available on jDrones store. These modules are optimized for ArduCopter and ArduPlane use and we have been having great success  with these modules. Accuracy on jDrones Quad/Hexa copters is amazing when using these modules. Position accuracy is close to 1 meter and 3D lock times are counted in seconds. 

There are two models available.

Get them from jDrones Store: 

ArduCopter / MultiCopter uBlox module - 49.95

ArduPlane / ArduRover uBlox kit - 59.95

Availability: NOW

Model One: is specially made for ArduCopter / Multicopter use and it has detachable high patch antenna with 10cm cable so if you want you can always detach antenna from main module and put it on big groundplane.  

Top side of ArduCopter / Multicopter GPS

Bottom side of GPS with antenna detached:

Technical detail:

  • PCB size 38 x 38 mm
  • Mounting holes 32 x 32 mm, M3
  • EM406 style connector
  • 28 x 28mm detachable high gain antenna
  • Battery backup
  • I2C bakcup memory

Model Two: is using same electronics as Multicopter GPS does but it has smaller size PCB for easier "inside" mounting and fully waterproof high gain outdoor antenna with strong 3M 2-Side tape. This way you can mount your antenna outside of your vehicle and no need to be worried about rain or anything else while your sensitive electronics is safely inside of your vehicle. 

jDrones ArduPlane / ArduRover GPS Kit

There are 3 main parts on this kit: uBlox NEO6 electornics, High Gain antenna unit and IPEX cable

Technical details:

  • PCB size 32 x 30 mm
  • Mounting holes 37mm corner to corner, M3
  • EM406 style connector
  • 40 x 45mm High gain waterproof GPS antenna, 30cm cable
  • IPEX connector cable 70mm
  • Battery backup
  • I2C bakcup memory

It is amazing how these small things can change your mission operations. We have been really happy with them and I hope that everyone else will be as happy as we are.


Jani / jDrones 

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on March 28, 2013 at 11:08pm

Quick demo video with our new jD-Simplex quad and our jD uBlox NEO6 GPSes. Low altitude position and altitude hold on windy day. Wind is shifting 180 degrees almost every minute and still it can hold really well on low altitude. 

Comment by avionics on March 29, 2013 at 12:37am
Can this be replacement for the existing APM 2 and above?
Comment by mP1 on March 29, 2013 at 6:47am

Is altitiude hold accuracy mostly a function of the GPS or do other factors come into it ?

Comment by Crashpilot1000 on March 29, 2013 at 10:40am

I like your design of the detachable antenna! The price is also ok. BTW while surfing your shop i came across some mtk3339 module. Do you have a FW for download for them wich is compatible with the new "1.9" arducopter binary protocol?

Comment by mP1 on March 29, 2013 at 6:47pm

Im mostly interested how much of a difference we would see over grass.

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on March 29, 2013 at 6:58pm

Altitude hold is done by barometer on APM 2.5. Grass and others does not change it at all. Position hold and navigation is done by GPS.

Yes you can replace even old MTEK from APM2.0. Check out small guide that we made earlier for APM2.0 users.

As we are original ArduCopter developers and part of core developers here at DIYDrones, we naturally use always latest approved firmwares on all devices. If you need 1.9 FW for MediaTEK, do and download it from our Ardupilot-mega repository at Google Code. or just clicking that link.


Comment by Kabir on March 29, 2013 at 7:02pm

Jani, please reply to my PM(s)... 

BTW, cool idea regarding the Plane/Rover GPS antenna separation!!

Comment by Andrew Aarestad on March 31, 2013 at 10:30pm
Nice antenna options. I'd love to see a multi-GNSS module for drones, but I guess most operations are currently out in open spaces where additional constellations don't really buy you much (unless you could use them to do multi-frequency positioning). Once operations are being done in urban areas etc it would make more of a difference, but by that time all the chipsets will already be doing multi constellation. I will be curious to see if multi frequency becomes the standard or if single freq chips will be able to remain cheaper..
Comment by LTMNO on April 5, 2013 at 1:12pm

Very nice video!

Comment by Owen Booth on April 5, 2013 at 10:07pm

I seriously wandered away to give openpilot a go, after having real trouble tuning the APM 2.0 to perform as well. I just wanted a sharp, responsive FC that worked out of the box regardless of aircraft specs. I wasn't disappointed, and still have it onboard my HT-FPV. So watching Jani toy with the quad like that, and get such rapid fixes to a forced, position deviation is astounding. The ardu-pilot HW has come so far, so quickly, and the APM 2.5 is US$50 cheaper? Well done community, I'll be checking in more often I think!


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