DeltaQuad UAV Successfully Tests Unjammable GPS System for Drones
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby
The DeltaQuad, an industrial-grade Vertical Takeoff and Landing UAV that performs fully autonomous surveillance missions, recently integrated a ruggedized GPS system capable of enduring even the most advanced jamming technology.
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Despite escalating global tensions resulting in an increasing demand for aerial intelligence platforms, most current commercial platforms lack the means to defend against the latest jamming technology, having their GPS and communication links jammed before they can even take off.
To address this issue, DeltaQuad’s R&D team has worked over the past several months to successfully integrate one of the most advanced anti-jamming GPS systems currently available.
Equipped with the new anti-jamming GPS solution, the DeltaQuad was deployed in autonomous mode at close range to an active military jamming system. The system was able to withstand a direct hit from the military-grade GPS jamming platform, maintaining a solid GPS lock that allowed the drone to autonomously complete its mission without issue.
The ruggedized GPS system was installed alongside the standard GPS system for the sake of comparison. Upon coming into range of the GPS jamming system, the standard solution immediately lost all positional awareness, while the ruggedized system managed to retain a high amount of satellite locks even while flying directly over the jammer at close range.
The DeltaQuad UAV is also equipped to allow for live aerial intelligence even within the most extreme environments. The DeltaQuad’s transmission system employs Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum techniques (FHSS) in order to defend against attempts to disrupt the communication links, while also making use of redundant video and communication links.
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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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