New FlexPak-S™ GNSS Enclosure Delivers SAASM High Precision Positioning for Authorized Defence Integrators

(Calgary, Alberta - May 14, 2014) NovAtel®, the world's leading OEM provider of high precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning products, today announced the launch of the FlexPak-S GNSS SAASM enclosure at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014. The FlexPak-S contains a NovAtel dual-frequency OEM625S™ receiver card integrated with L-3's XFACTOR Selective Availability Anti Spoofing Module (SAASM) onboard. The FlexPak-S is security approved by the GPS Directorate for operational use.

When keyed by authorized defense integrators, the FlexPak-S provides a centimetre-level Real Time Kinematic (RTK) Precise Positioning Service (PPS) solution by taking the raw measurements from the XFACTOR SAASM and applying them to NovAtel's Advanced RTK algorithms.  The FlexPak-S can be handled as unclassified when keyed. In the Standard Positioning Service (SPS) fallback mode, the FlexPak-S continues to provide centimetre-level accuracy by utilizing NovAtel's dual-frequency civil GNSS positioning engine.  FlexPak-S' fallback mode is configurable for GPS or GPS+GLONASS. Adding GLONASS tracking increases position performance in obstructed sky conditions, making it ideal for unmanned ground vehicles.

FlexPak-S was developed for size constrained environments, so it's compact and lightweight.   Despite its size, this rugged GNSS enclosure has been engineered to ensure reliability, even in harsh environments.  The IP67 housing is water-resistant and operates in a wide temperature range. FlexPak-S also allows for easy integration with standardized hardware connections and NovAtel's well established, comprehensive set of software commands.   The SAASM position is provided via a dedicated communication port, as well as through NovAtel's software command protocol allowing for maximum flexibility. FlexPak-S uses the same form factor as the popular FlexPak6 design.

Shane McEwen, Product Manager for NovAtel Enclosures stated, “FlexPak-S is a great option for customers looking for a reliable solution in environments where size is critical - like UAV and robotics applications.”  Mr. McEwen added, “With standard software and hardware connections integration is simplified so there is a quicker time to market.” 

The FlexPak-S is available to order immediately. 

FlexPak-S will be on display at booth #1131 for the duration of AUVSI's Unmanned Systems.  For more information on FlexPak-S, visit

About NovAtel Inc.

NovAtel designs, manufactures and sells high precision OEM Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology. Developed for efficient and rapid integration, our GNSS products have set the standard in quality and performance for over 20 years. All of our products are backed by a team of highly skilled customer support and design engineers.  NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.  

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Posted on 14/05/2014