From the 29 June 2020 drones over 800g must be equipped with an electronic and light signaling device conforming tostop of 27 December 2019.
In a way it is a transponder (beacon) for your drone which sends in WiFi the position and the trajectory of the drone, as well as the takeoff point. It allows authorities to remotely identify flying drones and their owners.
One module for both functions !
Dronotique has developed a device combining these two reporting functionalities in a single module.
An adaptable device :
Compatible NMEA (GPS) and Mavlink
Internal or external GPS
Mavlink or GPS port replication
Light signal management
Input voltage 5-25V (6S)
Housing with removable system
An evolving device :
Ability to change Mavlink / NMEA protocol
ID to International Standard ANSI / CTA-2063-A
LiPo/LiIon 2 at 6S (or 5V via the UART1 socket)
35x29x8mm (out of case)
<15g (excluding housing and GPS)
~1W (excluding external leds)
Wifi Canal 6 2437 MHz
NMEA (GPS) ou Mavlink
JST-GH (identical Pixhawk 4 and Cube)
Three use cases
Use as a completely independent device
GPS is connected directly to the device
The device is completely independent of the flight controller
The protocol is that of GPS – NMEA
Use in independent module and as GPS for flight controller
The device is connected directly to the GPS
It is also connected to a telemetry port
GPS signal is replicated to the telemetry port
The protocol is that of GPS - NMEA
Use connected to the flight controller (compatible Mavlink)
The device and the GPS are connected to the flight controller
The device extracts the GPS position from Mavlink frames
The Mavlink stream is replicated on the secondary port
A telemetry module is installed there
The protocol is that of the flight controller – Mavlink
The decree of 27 December 2019 defining the technical characteristics of the electronic and light signaling devices of aircraft operating without a person on board specified in its chapter 2, article 5 :
1° The use of the colors red and white is prohibited for the signaling of aircraft operating without anyone on board ; 2° The signaling light must be visible at night by a ground observer, up to a flight height of at least 150 meters and within a radius on the ground of at least 150 meters from its verticality.
L & rsquo; Alfonce Signal uses blue LEDs meeting these characteristics. You can order it as a ribbon, or install your own 5V tapes.
LEDs also provide system status functionality, supplemented by the LED integrated in the device. Depending on the flashing frequency you know what state the device is in.
Signaling device not powered
LEDs on steady
Waiting for a valid GPS position (do not take off)
Flashing LEDs (2Hz)
GPS position acquired, you can take off
Detail of connectors
A custom box
A removable case in order to be able to easily use the module on several drones. A quick attach system allows you to disassemble the case from its base and move it to another drone.
Enclosures are available in 2 version :
version with GPS (upper)
version without GPS, ideal for using the module with an external GPS or via a Mavlink flight controller