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BaseCam GPS IMU v.1.2

GNSS-aided compact AHRS/IMU module developed by BaseCam Electronics company to work as an external IMU sensor with all versions of SimpleBGC32 controllers. It has much better precision compared to the internal IMU sensor, that allows improving precision of stabilization in demanding applications, where the regular IMU sensor does not work reliably.

How it works: GPS IMU connects to any free UART port of the main controller, or common CAN bus*, and provides precise attitude and heading information, that can be used as a reference to correct the internal IMU sensor, solving its common problems: gyroscope drift, an affection of linear accelerations, drift caused by the changes in environmental temperature.

SimpleBGC32 system supports several mounting positions of external IMU sensor: on the stabilized platform, on the gimbal's arms, or on the frame. It allows choosing the most optimal position for a normal work of magnetometer and GNSS receiver, that are very sensitive to the environment.

With the flexible well-documented serial API this module can be used in a wide range of third-party applications, where precise AHRS/IMU functionality is needed (like robots, drones, survey, platform stabilization and so on).

* CAN connection option will be implemented in future with the firmware update. With this option, GPS IMU may be used as a main IMU sensor in the SBGC32 gimbal controllers having CAN bus support

Features of the Basecam GPS IMU v.1.2 Module

  • Integrated GNSS-antenna for a compact size, with the option of connecting an external GNSS receiver by the UART interface;
  • Full set of navigation sensors: 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis magnetometer, barometer (altimeter), GNSS receiver (concurrent Galileo, GLONASS, GPS / QZSS);
  • Powerful MCU running UKF for a sensor fusion at high rates;
  • Thermal stabilization helps to keep high precision with the change of temperatures;
  • Interfaces: UART, USB, CAN, I2C;
  • Onboard SD card for high-rate data logging with actual date-time information and flexible set of data to log, including logging of external data provided by the host controller;
  • Backup rechargeable battery for GNSS hot start and real-time clock;
  • Open serial API protocol allows using this sensor in third-party applications;
  • Functionality will be constantly improved with the firmware updates;
  • Cost-effective solution compared to other GNSS-enabled solutions on the market;

Full factory calibrations are made for gyroscope and accelerometer. An easy-to-use magnetometer calibration procedure allows to get maximum performance by calibrating magnetometer sensor after installation, to take into account a magnetic environment (soft- and hard-iron cancellation).

Advantage in version 1.2 compared to 1.0

  • Fixed problems with the GNSS signal reception
  • Better environment isolation (less temperature dependency)
  • Backup battery is rechargeable
  • Additional UART port for extended functionality
  • Full factory calibrations made on special equipment

Specifications

Size of the enclosure 73×51×30 mm
Weight: 50 g
Mounting holes 3 mm × 4
Power supply 5V
Power consumption
~400 mA to warm up, then ~150 mA (at room temperature)
Working temperature range −40…+85 °C
Startup time
1 sec. communication ready, 3 sec. first data ready
Interfaces
2×UART
1×USB
1×CAN
1×I2C
SD card installed
16 Gb

Downloads

Basecam GPS_IMU 1.2 reference.pdf (336Kb 26.03.2020) Basecam GPS_IMU Serial API.pdf (249Kb 26.03.2020) file not found

Firmware updates

To update firmware, unpack the downloaded zip file into the root directory of the SD card and restart the device. To access SD card by USB, hold the "mode" button for 4 seconds. More details you can find in the Reference Manual.

There are no firmware updates at this moment.

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