website statistics
Swift Navigation has devised Piksi, a new GPS receiver that could give unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) a GPS signal accurate to an inch.

Your Gadget shopping list for Holiday?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (Rate This)

Global Positioning System (GPS) provides location and time information in all weather conditions. Colin Beighley and Fergus Noble, the team members of Swift Navigation, have devised Piksi (pronounced “pixie”), a new GPS receiver that could give unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) a GPS signal accurate to an inch.


Fergus Noble and Colin Beighley used to work at a company named Joby Energy where they successfully developed an RTK GPS system for high-altitude wind turbines. But that couldn’t provide GPS signal accuracy to an inch. After long hard work and effort, they build Pixsi, a GPS receiver that could give unmanned aerial vehicles a GPS signal accuracy to an inch.

Piksi GPS Receiver

Piksi is a Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS receiver. The receiver gets signals from satellites in Earth’s orbit. These satellites transmit a signal of their own location in orbit, with a time signature, down to Earth. A receiver uses the signals from four or more satellites to pinpoint a spot on Earth. Wherever the signals overlap on Earth, that’s where the receiver is, and this makes the GPS system. However, the size of the waves transmitting the signal mean that the spot of overlap is several feet.

RTK works from a disparity in the length of the code transmitted and the length of the wave carrying the signal. The signal itself travels in a wave, with the location information coded in segments 985 feet long. The waves making up that code are much smaller than the whole code, with each wave about 7.5 inches from peak to peak.

However, Piksi uses this information to create a more precise measurement. In communication with another RTK receiver for reference, the RTK GPS system, like one in use on a drone, compares the difference in number of wavelengths between the reference point and the system itself. Since the reference point is a known location, this cross-checking of wavelengths, combined with clever algorithms, lets the RTK receiver pin the location down to within inches. Here’s a video of how Piksi works.

The Swift Navigation is collecting fund through popular crowdsourcing site Kickstarter. As of writing, the team has already received over six times its initial funding goal, leaving 17 days still left.

For more details, visit the source link below.

Source: Kickstarter
Thanks To: PopSci

Buy Cheapest Related Product From

Google Starts Offering Server-Side Encryption For Cloud Storage

Lockheed To Build Ocean-Water Thermal Energy System In China
You can also press the left/right arrow key on your keyboard to go to previous/next post
  On August 18, 2013(2 years, 3 months ago.)

You May Also Like:

Recent Products

Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  

What Do You Think?

Loading Facebook Comments ...

FTC Disclosure: Some of the links of this website are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission.

Recent Search

Recent Tutorials

Now you can set custom ringtones to individual skype contacts on android. It's easy to setup. Take a look.
Now you can install Microsoft's Cortana on Android devices. It's pretty easy to install. Follow the steps below, check the screenshot.
Want to install Android lollipop 5.0.2 on pc? This post is for you. It's pretty easy to install and run. Just take a look.
With our partnership with Mode Media, we just got a jump start. Here is our first story of hand picked curated content on Android Tutorials.
Want to change theme on android ? We will show you how to change theme on android. It will makes your phone looks like new and smart.
You can record your screen on android very easily. No root Required. All you have to need a pc and USB cable. Let's find out.
A simple tutorial on how-to block a phone number on Android device, without an external app. Its pretty easy and straight-forward. Take a look.
Here we will show how to take Screenshot on your Apple Watch.
For too many people, the realization that they need to back up their photos and videos only comes when they misplace or break their smartphones and lose everything. Here we a report on possible solution and best tools.
Not sure if you are aware that your Wi-Fi Router Or Modem could be hacked too. Here we found a quick tips, how to check if your Router or Modem is hacked.
Close You Have To Login
Login With »Login With TwitterLogin With Facebook