Wednesday, December 09, 2015

First cost effective MEMS AHRS for aviation without GPS aiding

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).

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