UAV Applications

MaxBotix Inc., engineers have written a full evaluation that can be seen here that covers proper mounting of a sensor to avoid acoustic interference from the propellers, and corrections for electrical noise. Through this evaluation, we have identified the sensors with the best operation for this application. To read about this application, click here.

Sensors For All Environments

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XL-MaxSonar-WRC Line
ANPWSerial

XL-MaxSonar-WRC Line

This is a great choice for users who may fly in rain or inclement weather. This sensor has the same pin interface as the MB1240, making it a perfect drop-in replacement.

UCXL-MaxSonar-WR Line
ANPWSerial

UCXL-MaxSonar-WR Line

Ultra-compact, lightweight IP67 rated sensors that is perfect for users that fly UAVs in inclement weather. Great for weight sensitive UAVs, this sensor only weighs 18 grams.

I2CXL-MaxSonar-WR Line
I2C

I2CXL-MaxSonar-WR Line

Uses the I2C communication protocol for easy/lightweight wiring. This sensor is available in full size or compact housings for easy mounting and configuration.

Sensors For Protected / Indoor Use

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MB1240 Ultrasonic Sensor
ANPWRS232

MB1240 Ultrasonic Sensor

The MB1240 is recommended for powerful UAVs. During UAV testing, our engineers have seen this sensor demonstrate the best performance. This sensor has great resistance to the acoustic and electric noise present on many UAV platforms.

MB1242 Ultrasonic Sensor
I2C

MB1242 Ultrasonic Sensor

Uses the I2C communication protocol. Similar function to the MB1240.

MB1230 Ultrasonic Sensor
ANPWRS232

MB1230 Ultrasonic Sensor

The MB1230 is great for UAVs that require slightly more sensitivity than the MB1240 offers.

MB1232 Ultrasonic Sensor
I2C

MB1232 Ultrasonic Sensor

Uses the I2C communication protocol. Similar function to the MB1230.

MB1220 Ultrasonic Sensor
ANPWRS232

MB1220 Ultrasonic Sensor

The MB1220 is a great balance between noise rejection and small target detection. This is a great starting point for UAV operators confident in their electrical engineering ability. A clean, stable power supply and proper ADC reference (or digital input) will be required. Users should test propellers and motors for acoustic noise at 40kHz. (Recommended SPL levels should not exceed 70db at 40kHz).

MB1222 Ultrasonic Sensor
I2C

MB1222 Ultrasonic Sensor

Uses the I2C communication protocol. Similar function to the MB1220.

Table Legend

Interface Abbrv
Digital High/Low Logic
Analog Voltage AN
Pulse Width PW
4-20mA Output 4-20
Analog Envelope AE
I2C Bus I2C
USB Connector USB
RS232 Serial RS232
TTL Serial TTL
RS232 or TTL Serial Serial

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