First cost effective MEMS AHRS for aviation without GPS aiding

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6 Dec 2013

Xsens, the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products releases its MTi-300 with updated firmware, reaching a new level of matureness for orientation data in high dynamics, without the use of a GPS module.

North Flight Data Systems, a leading company dedicated to the design, manufacturing, integration and support of lightweight aircraft recording systems (LARS) and flight safety equipment and services has integrated the MTi-300 into their Multi-Function Data Acquisition Unit (MFDAU). Jeffrey Warner, CEO of NFDS states: “As an early adopter of the new Xsens 100-series, we are happy with the superior results we achieve with the MTi-300 for roll/pitch/yaw data in a high dynamic rotorcraft environment. The ability to accurately calculate and record aircraft state data is imperative to the success of our customers safety programs. The integration of the MTi-300 allows us to provide detailed aircraft information to operators of legacy analog based aircraft at a very reasonable cost.” This has resulted in an initial 2.5 year contract.

Marcel van Hak, Product Manager of Xsens, adds: “The MTi-300 uses vibration-rejecting gyroscopes. These state-of-the-art MEMS sensors, combined with the new signal processing and the improved sensor fusion algorithm result in a very accurate product that performs under dynamic conditions even when GPS is unavailable. When GPS is available however, I always recommend the MTi-G-700, that can cope with virtually all dynamics. For the market of unmanned and commercial aviation, customers can easily switch between either the MTi-300 and or MTi-G-700 as they are fully interchangeable.”

Xsens recently finalized its new product portfolio with a high-performance Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS), the MTi-G-700. The new Xsens MTi portfolio consists of 7 distinctive models including Inertial Measurement Units (IMU), Vertical Reference Units (VRU) and Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS).

The new MTi Technology will be demonstrated at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2013, the world’s largest international exposition of unmanned systems to be held from August 12th – 15th in Washington, D.C., USA.

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