New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization

Drones and Robots for
Ecologically Sustainable Societies project(DRESS project)

R&D Activities

R&D of quasi-zenith satellite compatible receiver for sharing accurate positioning information

Participants Magellan Systems Japan, Inc.


We will develop a compact high precision positioning receiver that can be installed on the drone and conduct a test with a communication function for sharing the positioning information among the drones. We will convert the RF part of the existing high precision multifrequency multi-GNSS receiver (board size: 90 mm × 100 mm) to LSI, and develop a smaller receiver board (target board size: 50 mm × 50 mm or less). After that, we will make the baseband part LSI, maintaining performance of the receiver, further miniaturization (target board size: 35 mm × 50 mm or less), lightweight, power saving will be aimed.



Year 2017-2018
Develop RF LSI and baseband LSI, and develop small positioning receiver board.
Year 2019
Realize positioning accuracy of 10 cm (RMS) with Precise Point Positioning system by the developed compact receiver.
Provide this technology for the flight experiment of unmanned aerial vehicles.



3 years from 2017 to 2019


Flight test for sharing high-accuracy positioning information by air-to-air communication.

We installed the high precision positioning receiver for quasi-zenith satellite in the drone and we conducted a test to verify the position accuracy during flight and detect each other's positions by the communication between the drones.


Activities and NEWs


We won the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award for the high precision positioning receiver developing in this project.


The Third Space Exploitation Prize

We won the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award for the high precision positioning receiver developing in this project.

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