CubeSat GPS Receiver

CubeSat Navigation Systems
CubeSat GPS Receiver

GPS receiver “piNAV-L1”

Basic Price € 2750

The piNAV-L1 is the World’s First Ultra Low Power Space-Friendly CubeSat GPS L1 receiver specially designed by NanoAvionics’ partner SkyFox Labs to provide continuous accurate position determination on-board small satellites in LEO or high altitude balloon missions with limited power and mass budgets. It requires only 10 % of power in comparison with conventional space-grade GPS receivers allowing permanent data output.

Easy-to-use serial data interface output providing standardized NMEA sentences together with external GPS antenna provides a smart standalone solution for all kind of Space-grade projects where the precise position, time, date and velocity information is required. The VPP (Valid Position Pulse) and PF (Position Fix) signals are available on System Interface connector to indicate the receiver status.

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  • Protocols: NMEA 0183 (standard GPS sentences), piNAV (NMEA sentences extension), UART 9600-8-N-1, 3V3-CMOS levels
  • VPP (Valid Position Pulse) output (3V3-CMOS compatible)
  • PF (Position Fix) output (3V3-CMOS compatible)
  • Supports Active or Passive GPS Antennas
  • FR-4 or Polyimide Space-grade 6-layers PCB
  • Ionizing Radiation Shield 2 mm thickness
  • Dimensions 75 x 35 x 12.5 mm incl. shielding
  • Connectors:
    • 2.54 mm, 2´10 pin header (System Interface)
    • MMCX (GPS Antenna Connector)
  • Mass: 47 g


  • Low Earth Orbit (LEO) operation, altitudes up to 3600 km
  • Power consumption 120 mW (typical), 3,3 V @ 25 °C
  • GPS L1 C/A signal, 15 channels
  • Velocity:
    • up to 9 km/s (Flight Model)
    • up to 0,5 km/s (Engineering, Balloon Model)
  • Cold start time in LEO (Time-to-First Fix tTTFF) 5 min (typical)
  • Sensitivity: acquisition 35 dBc-Hz, tracking 25 dBc-Hz
  • Short terms fading 15 dBc-Hz
  • Position update rate 1 Hz
  • 2.7 to 3.6 V power supply