CubePilot - The Cube Autopilot, GNSS Module, HD Video Transmission System and Accessories for UAVs
CubePilot Pty Ltd. is an Australian company jointly run by leading drone technology suppliers HexAero and ProfiCNC. (HexAero PTE. LTD. is Australian owned and headquartered in Singapore; ProfiCNC Pty Ltd. is Australian owned).
CubePilot is a pioneering hardware and software ecosystem for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and other unmanned systems. Based on an open-source architecture, CubePilot’s evolving drone autopilot solutions and accessories offer a wide range of applications for the commercial and industrial drone markets.
Autopilot control system for drones and unmanned vehicles
Cube Orange is an advanced open source autopilot for drones and robotic vehicles. Based on an ARM Cortex M7 CPU and M3 coprocessor, the compact and lightweight unit features triple redundant temperature-stabilized and vibration-resistant IMUs (Inertial Measurement Units). It is ideal for a variety of unmanned systems, including fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs, UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles), USVs (Unmanned Surface Vessels) and UUVs (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles).
The system includes an ADS-B carrier board with an integrated uAvionix 1090 MHz receiver for enhanced situational awareness. This ADS-B capability allows drones to receive information from commercial aircraft in the surrounding airspace, improving safety and providing effective detect and avoid (DAA) capabilities.
The Cube Orange autopilot can be easily connected to customised carrier boards, allowing it to support specific unmanned vehicle applications, and supports Ardupilot and PX4 open source flight controller firmware.
The unit’s PWM output supports switching between 3.3V and 5V signal levels for universal compatibility with external peripherals.
The Cube autopilot is also available in a range of variants – see below for the specifications.
The Cube Orange+ Standard Set(ADS-B Carrier Board)
Pixhawk orange cube plus the ADS-B carrier board equipped with a high performance dual-core H7 processor, the H7 uses Cortex M7 double precision processor, 400MHz CPU, Cortex M4 running at 200mhz, 2 MB Flash, 1 MB RAM, this dual-core architecture provides a high performance and stable solution for flight.Carrier Board integrated uAvionix 1090MHz ADS-B receiver, allowing the software to receive information about the location of manned aircraft in the area, that effectively improve the flight safety of UAV. Compatible with ArduCopter, ArduPlane and ArduRover flight control software. It is an open source flight controller which also is the upgraded version of Pixhawk 2.1 Cube Black.
Equipped with a high-performance dual-core H7 processor(STM32H757 Dual Core M7+M4).
Upgraded triple redundant IMU sensors for extra redundancy.
Two sets of IMU are vibration-isolated mechanically, reducing the effect of frame vibration to state estimation.
IMUs are temperature-controlled by onboard heating resistors, allowing optimum working temperature of IMUs.
The entire flight management unit(FMU) and inertial management unit(IMU) are housed in a relatively small form factor (a cube).
Fully Cubepilot Carrier Board compatible, all inputs and outputs go through a 80-pin DF17 connector, allowing a plug-in solution for manufacturers of commercial systems.
Manufacturers can design their own carrier boards to suit their specific needs now and in the future. It is an open source flight controller which also is the upgraded version of Pixhawk 2.1 Cube Black. It uses the new STM32H7 chip, which is 4 times faster than the SMT32F4 in the Black Cube. Also, some sensors in the Pixhawk Cube Orange+ are much better than those in Cube Black. Cube orange+ can only be used with APM firmware, although the Cube black can be used with both APM and PX4 firmware.
microSD card for high-rate logging over extended periods of time
Open-source drone platform for research & education
The Ardubee is an open-source miniature drone development platform that is compatible with the CubePilot Ecosystem and incorporates the same H7 MCU flight controller as the Cube autopilot.
Based on the ArduPilot open–source drone autopilot firmware, the compact modular platform features a dual-core wifi module, IMU, compass, barometer, GPS and other high-quality electronic components. Ideal for STEM education, research, and swarming drone light shows, it can also be used to develop other unmanned vehicles including UGVs, USVs and UUVs.
The Here3 is an RTK-enabled GNSS module providing high-precision positioning for drones and robotics down to centimetre-level. Based around the u-blox M8P GNSS chipset and an ARM Cortex CPU running a real-time operating system (RTOS), the lightweight module is enclosed in a dust-and water-resistant housing and features an integrated magnetometer and compass.
The compact drone GPS module has been designed around an in-house developed fully-supported software framework for enhanced reliability and extendability.
The system architecture uses CAN protocol for higher data rates, noise immunity and real-time capabilities.
Hex and ProfiCNC are proud to introduce the Here 3 Precision GNSS solution into the CubePilot product line-up.The Here3 Brings the world of RTK to everyone.
Here 3 is our Base model GPS, it joins the HerePro which is our flagship GPS model,and replaces the Here, Here 2, Here +, and Here+ V2.
Featuring the M8P GNSS module from Ublox, along with a ProfiCNC designed RF section, CANBUS Solution, and a new case, the next generation of the Here family steps up performance, slashes price, and sets a new baseline for GNSS solutions in the Robotics industry.
RTK Float mode is available as soon as it receives valid RTCM 3 messages, these can be provided by free NTRIP servers in many countries, or these can be supplied via mission planner and any RTK base station that is capable of producing these RTCM 3 messages. (Here+ Base, or HerePro are capable of this.)
With a standalone accuracy of 2.5m, RTK accuracy to 0.025m, precision is now in reach of everyone.Here 3 will function at 160,000Ft, and up to 1,800 kph with a velocity accuracy of 0.05m/s making it suitable for all UAS applications.
Applications include, UGV, USV, UAS, for all types of industrial uses as well as precision swarming activities.
The Here3+ jumps to the Dual core STM32H757 running at 400MHz with 2MByte Flash, and 1MByte RAM. Supports future firmware updates. Support from ground control software. Future updates will be available from Mission Planner. Built-in Inertial Measurement Unit (compass, gyroscope, and accelerometer), for advanced navigation needs.
A comprehensive solution, Built-in RM3100 magnetometer, ICM42688P 6DOF gyroscope and accelerometer, for enhanced navigation. Fully capable of running ArduPilot onboard.
Here 3+ GPS GNSS is a high precision GNSS system that supports RTK mode, built with DroneCAN protocol. It is also designed to be dust-proof and splash-proof up to a certain limit. Equipped with STM32H757 processor, it provides faster processing speed and better reliability GNSS receiver, and provides GPS position hold capability. Hex Here3 Plus GPS unit module (M8P) is an upgraded version of drone GPS based on Here 2 GNSS GPS (M8N) unit, Here3 Plus GPS is compatible with Pixhawk 2.1 and most of the other open-source flight controllers.
Here3+ is one of the smallest, lightest and most power efficient RTK module available on the market. In addition to the size and cost advantage, this module has an industry-leading navigation sensitivity of -167dBm. Using integrated real time kinematics (RTK) give you centimeter accurate positioning through concurrent reception of up to 3 GNSS at the same time (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS , BeiDou ).
Cost-efficient high precision and RTK supported GNSS chip (For using the GPS RTK function, base station is needed). Positioning accuracy down to centimeter-level in an ideal environment.
Brand new design with improved visibility on signal LEDs. Better dust and water resistance (Not guaranteed to be water-proof under any situation due to the complexity of the operating environment).
The high data rate, upgradeability , noise immunity, and real-time features benefited from CAN protocol
Equipped with STM32H757 high-performance processor in a real-time operating system. The framework developed by Hex provides additional stabilities . Supports future firmware updates.
Support from ground control software. Future updates will be available from Mission Planner.
Built-in a complete set of Inertial Measurement Unit (compass, gyroscope, and accelerometer), which satisfy advanced navigation needs.
Cubepilot Here 4 RTK GNSS Integrates CubelD for DronelD compliance and provides additional features for those keen to experiment, like onboard PWM. Barometer, Space hardened Mag and a full IMU solution，Here4 redefines what to expect from a GPS.
Here4 Multiband RTK GNSS Features
Equipped with u-blox NEO-F9P L1/L5 RTK multi-constellation GNSS module
Built-in STM32H757 dual-core processor, combination of RM3100 magnetic compass and ICM42688 Accelerometer
HerePro is a professional High Precision Multi-band RTK Navigation module. It supports various GNSS options such as BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS. Connecting 2 HerePro modules, as base and rover respectively, can complete a precise Multi-band Multi-GNSS RTK system. The HerePro rover and base are identical in both software and hardware. Parameter setting is the only distinction.
HerePro uses multi-frequency DGNSS signals with advanced algorithms to converge on an RTK Fix in seconds, achieving more reliable centimeter level positioning.
1. Equipped with u-blox F9P, a professional high precision Multi-band RTK navigation module.
2. Powerful processing performance provided by built-in STM32H753 chip. It offers real-time processing and data optimization, and Unmanned Industry standard AP_Periph Firmware. Supports over CAN or USB firmware updates.
3. The tailor-made multi-band antenna from Taoglass supports L1, L2, and E5 frequencies. It features high gain, high sensitivity, and high stability.
4. HerePro base supports both fixed and moving base mode, selectable for different scenarios to maximize performance.
5. HerePro is a base and rover 2-in-1 Functionality switching can be easily done by parameter settings.
6. HerePro uses multi-frequency DGNSS signals with advanced algorithm allowing fast convergence to an RTK Fix, achieving more reliable and stable centimeter level positioning.
7. HerePro module is 15 x 78mm and 101g.
8. 6 – 40V dual and wide range input. Compatible with different voltage levels.Redundant power input for improved safety
9. Circular LED ring embedded with ProfiLEDs. Built-in multiple display modes for notification or navigation signals. Display modes can be selected according to specific scenarios via parameters or onboard Lua Scripting.
10. CAN FD, real time, and high transmission rate.
11. Built-in 9-axis IMU. Through future firmware updates, HerePro can achieve tightly coupled DGNSS-INS-fusing solutions.
The Herelink is a compact handheld drone ground controller providing smooth, low-latency HD video transmission over long distances. With a range of up to 20 km, it supports video formats of 720p at 30 fps and 1080p at 30 or 60 fps. The controller includes detachable directional and omnidirectional antennas, and both an integrated GPS antenna and an interface for external antennas.
The UAV flight controller integrates a data link unit, remote control link and video display unit into a single device. With an eight-core processor and powerful GPU, it features rapid image, video and data processing capabilities, as well as a MicroSD card slot for up to 64 GB of storage.
The Herelink is built on customized Solex TX and QGC Ground Control Station software, with MAVlink support for the Ardupilot and PX4 open-source autopilot platforms. It supports installation of custom and OEM Android images, allowing users to customize a range of elements such as system configuration, Android applications and boot animations. The ground controller can take advantage of Over the Air (OTA) updates via Wi-Fi, providing faster downloading and installation and reducing bandwidth usage.
217 x 106.5 x 31 mm (controller, w/o antennas & joysticks) 78.5 x 30 x 15 mm (Air Unit, w/o antennas)
516g (controller, w/ antennas) 95g (Air Unit, w/ antennas)
Herelink HD Digital Video Transmission System V1.1 is one of the most accessible and simplest ways of integrating a HD video & data transmission and remote controller ground station into your drone. Brought to you by CubePilot Hex Technology and ProfiCNC, the team who brought you Pixhawk and The Cube GPS system.
The Herelink Air Unit 1.1 Integrates a data link unit, remote control link, and video display unit into a single device, making a complex device system integrated and miniaturized. 2.4GHz radio controller, data and control information, and the transmission range is up to 20km, minimum latency of 110ms, two HDMI inputs, and supports 720p 30fps, 1080p 30fps / 60fps video format. The Air Unit uses between 7-12v input power and has a single UART for connection to the flight controller or other Mavlink accessories. Now updated with Sd Card Slot and Ethernet port.
The Herelink Controller 1.1 is a 2.4GHz radio controller with a 5.5″ screen displays a multitude of control options that allows users to get long-range HD video, telemetry, and control link up to a whopping 20km. It uses the 2.4GHz band on LTE over WIFI. This allows maximum transmission distance. Purported to have a range of 20km in FCC and 12km in CE. The large 5.5″ screen displays a multitude of control options such as live images, autopilot configuration through the native QGround control, or other GCS applications based on the Mavlink system. Both the Air Unit and the Radio Controller are equipped with powerful Pinecone S1 processors with 4 cores at 2.2GHz and 4 more additional cores at 1.4GHz. This allows for tons of possibilities for app usage and future development. Now updated with a brighter screen at 1000 nit.
Herelink V1.1 updated points:
1. Screen brightness of controller is improved up from 600nit to 1,000nit. 2. Ethernet port added on the Herelink air unit 3. SD card slot added on the Herelink air unit 4. New Herelink v1.1 package separated into 2 boxes, 1 for air unit and 1 for control unit
The HereFlow is a drone navigation solution incorporating a time-of-flight LiDAR sensor, an optical flow camera and a six-degree-of-freedom IMU. Weighing just 1 gram, the ultra-low-SWaP board is ideal for aiding UAV precision landing as well as navigation in GNSS-denied environments such as indoor facilities, tunnels and under bridges.
The HereFlow can be conveniently installed at any node in a CAN bus, providing protection against signal noise, superior anti-interference capabilities, real-time operations and high-performance error handling.