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u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global
leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced that its NEO‑M8P high precision RTK GNSS module is
featured in HEX Taiwan’s new drone navigation kit: Here+. HEX is the world’s leading open source
hardware manufacturer which produces one of the best open source drone
autopilots in the
world.

The Here+ RTK GNSS kit is supported by Ardupilot out of the box. It consists of a
round rover designed to be mounted on the drone and is connected to the flight
controller using the supplied 8‑pin CLIK-Mate™ connector (for the autopilot
Pixhawk2) or an optional 4pin+6pin DF13 connector (for the Pixhawk1). The base
station with its smaller GNSS receiver and an external antenna complete the
equipment. Embedded in Here+ is the u‑blox NEO‑M8P module series. It is the
smallest, lightest and most energy‑efficient high precision GNSS Real Time
Kinematics (RTK) module available on the market, bringing centimeter-level
positioning accuracy to the mass market. It is also a complete and versatile
solution thanks to its base and rover variants.
 
According to Goldman Sachs, the drone market should surge to a $100 billion
market by 2020, as demand for commercial drones is on the rise. At the same
time, there is a clear demand for accurate positioning and navigation at an
affordable cost level. HEX’s goal is therefore to promote open source drone technology
to a larger community and assist drone companies with affordable accessories.
Thanks to Here+, these needs are now met and the navigation kit can be used in
a wealth of applications, such as agricultural drone, powerline inspection,
precision farming, logistics, or 3D mapping, etc.
 
Gene Wu, Managing Director of HEX explains: “Here+ is the result of our
collaboration with Ardupilot, and will contribute to bringing the open source
drone industry to the next level. We chose u-blox because its GNSS technology
is one of the best on the market. It is an affordable RTK GPS/GNSS solution for
drone navigation without compromising on performance. We hope to continue our
collaboration for future projects, first and foremost for the second version of
Here+ later this year.”
 
“The NEO-M8P brings high precision technology to the mass market and it is
exciting for u‑blox to see our technology operate in applications, such as the
open source drone industry, that would otherwise be unable to integrate high
precision technologies in their designs,” said Jessie Liao, Business
Development Manager at u-blox Taiwan.
 
HEX will showcase its Pixhawk2 and Here+ at the UAV Show China 2017 on June
12-14 (http://www.auvsc.com) and at the Shenzhen International UAV Expo 2017
on June 23-25 (http://china-drone.com.cn).