VN-200 Surface Mount GPS/INS
The VN-200 surface mount (SMD) inertial navigation system from VectorNav Technologies was the first GPS-aided inertial navigation system on the market to offer calibrated, high-performance, industrial grade MEMS sensors, a GPS receiver and quality sensor fusion algorithms in a single surface mount package the size of a postage stamp. The VN-200 onboard microprocessor runs an aerospace-grade Kalman filter algorithm at an unparalleled rates of up to 2400 Hz and provides accuracies better than 0.125 deg RMS in pitch and roll and 0.375 deg RMS in heading and is robust to a wide range of static and dynamic operating conditions.
The OEM package is highly attractive for applications looking to deeply embed a full inertial navigation solution into the electronics design. Only a single 3.2 – 5.5 V power supply is required and communication with the VN-200 OEM is possible using either the serial 3 V TTL (UART) or the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI). The system incorporates a high sensitivity, 50-channel GPS module receiver, and an U.FL connector is provided for connection to an external, active antenna.
The VN-200 OEM can be used in a wide variety of industrial and military applications and is well suited for size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C) constrained applications such as UAVs and other unmanned vehicle systems, camera and platform stabilization, guided munitions, heavy machinery monitoring, robotics, primary or secondary flight navigation, flight simulation, and augmented / virtual reality platforms among others.
GPS / INS Kalman Filter Algorithms
The VN-200 incorporates the latest advancements in Aerospace grade Kalman filter inertial navigation algorithms specifically tailored to solve problems typically faced by industrial users. Industrial control applications require high accuracy low latency position, velocity, and attitude measurements. GPS provides long-term position accuracy, but is incapable of providing low-latency high bandwidth measurements. Inertial sensors provide high bandwidth acceleration and angular rates, but cannot provide long-term position and orientation accuracy due to drift and integration errors. Utilizing an onboard Extended Kalman Filter the VN-200 is capable of combining in an optimal manner the high bandwidth inertial measurements with the high accuracy low bandwidth GPS measurements. The VN-200 provides industrial users with access to a continuous stream of low latency high accuracy position velocity and attitude measurements at a rate of up to 200Hz.
Size: 24 x 22 x 3 mm
Power: 105 mA @ 3.3 V
Mass: 4 g
VN-200 Development Kit (VN-200S-DEV & VN-200T-DEV)
The VN-200 OEM is available pre-installed onto a small, common PCB for customers looking to test sensor performance, features, or software prior to implementation into their electronics. The Development Board provides USB and RS-232 serial communication ports as well as a 30-pin header for direct access to the pins on the surface mount device. The Development Kit also includes all of the necessary cabling, documentation, and software support for getting started with the VN-200.
Kit Contents Include:
- Development Board with Pre-Installed VN-200
- Board Size: 76 x 76 x 14 mm (3 x 3 x 0.55 in)
- Onboard USB -> Serial Converter
- Onboard TTL -> RS-232 Converter
- 30-pin 0.1" Header
- Power Supply Jack (can also be powered from USB)
- 3 m (10 ft) USB Cable
- 1.8 m (6 ft) Serial Cable
- 5V Wall Power Supply
- CD with Sensor Explorer & Software Development Kit
- User Manual, Quick Start Guide & Documentation
- Carrying Case
- Pre-Installed U.FL to U.FL Antenna Connector
- 4.8 m (16 ft) Magnetic Mount GPS Antenna
Related GPS and GNSS Training Courses and Seminars
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