Dead Reckoning? More Like Dead On!

A new version of the SparkFun GPS-RTK Dead Reckoning Kit is now available!

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to another Friday Product Post, here at SparkFun Electronics. We only have a single new product for you this week, but it's because we are busy in the lab developing more brand new boards that will release soon. This week, we are happy to announce a new version of our GPS-RTK Dead Reckoning Kit. This kit updates the included ZED-F9R Breakout that fixes a few silk and layout issues from its previous version. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

SparkFun GPS-RTK Dead Reckoning Kit (U.FL)

SparkFun GPS-RTK Dead Reckoning Kit (U.FL)


The SparkFun GPS-RTK Dead Reckoning Kit (u.FL) gives precisely what you need to start using u-blox's ZED-F9R and GPS Real Time Kinematics. The SparkFun ZED-F9R GPS Breakout is a high precision, sensor fusion GPS board with equally impressive configuration options and takes advantage of u-blox's Automotive Dead Reckoning (ADR) technology. The ZED-F9R module provides a highly accurate and continuous position by fusing a 3D IMU sensor, wheel ticks, a vehicle dynamics model, correction data, and GNSS measurements.

The ZED-F9R module is an 184-channel u-blox F9 engine GNSS receiver, meaning it can receive signals from the GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou constellations with ~0.2-meter accuracy! That's right, such accuracy can be achieved with an RTK navigation solution when used with a correction source. Note that the ZED-F9R can only operate as a rover, so you will need to connect to a base station. The module supports the concurrent reception of four GNSS systems. The combination of GNSS and integrated 3D sensor measurements on the ZED-F9R provides accurate, real-time positioning rates of up to 30Hz.

Also included with this kit is a GNSS multiband antenna, reversible USB-A to C cable, and SMA to U.FL cable. The included antenna features a magnetic base receiving the classic L1 and L2 GPS bands. Meanwhile, the included cables will ensure that hooking up each part in the kit is easy!

That's it for this week. As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another! We'll be back with more new products next week so make sure to check back then. Happy hacking!

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