DroneBeacon MAVLink
Remote ID transponder

DroneBeacon MAVLink is a so-called direct or broadcast Remote ID long-range transponder that can be integrated into drone products. It is designed for drone manufacturers, system integrators or DIY enthusiasts. It is compliant with the (upcoming) standards in the EU and USA and has a FCC/CE approved radio module.  Furthermore, the transponder is optimized for long range due to its transmit power and (included) antenna.

 

In technical terms, the DroneBeacon MAVLink is controlled via the TELEM (UART) interface or via DroneCAN  (CAN bus) using MAVLink messages defined by the OpenDrone ID project. The module has JST-GH connectors to use it directly with your Cube Orange auto pilot system. The db200 module is small (32 by 38 mm) and only 4 grams.

ArduPilot and open source

The module runs the open source ArduRemoteID firmware and we are part of the development team. It means that you can flash newer firmware releases using the UART flash interface. Remote ID and this module are supported by ArduPilot since version 4.x. (Check the ArduPilot project to use the correct software version.)

FAA ready

For the USA market, manufacturers must begin producing UAS with built-in standard RID starting September 16, 2022. Our module is FAA ready and we can support you with the DoC (Declartion of Compliance) submission.

Certified manufacturing

The db200 modules are produced with high quality and environmental standards:

Specifications

DroneBeacon db200 transponder

Short-range radio

Bluetooth and WiFi 2.4GHz, output power (ERP): + 20 dBm (100 mW)

FCC/CE certified radio module (ESP32 based)

Antenna

included 3 dBi omni-directional antenna (IPEX connector)

Power

+5V supplied from TELEM or CAN port

Firmware

open source ArduRemoteID, supports OTA firmware upgrade via the web interface

Connectivity

2x JST GH 4-pin CAN (DroneCAN) port

1x JST GH 6-pin TELEM (MAVlink, UART) port

LED lights

power and status LED

CAN termination resistors

yes (software controlled)

Fastening mechanism

4x M2 screws

IP rating

none

Operating temperature

-40 °C to 85 °C

Dimensions

38 x 32 x 5 mm (without antenna)

Weight

4 grams (without antenna)

DroneBeacon db110 transponder

For most users, the db200 is the preferred choice. Smaller, cheaper and more features.

Short-range radio

Bluetooth and WiFi 2.4GHz, output power (ERP): + 20 dBm (100 mW)

Antenna

2 dBi antenna (SMA connector)

Power

5V (UART connector or USB-C, current: 50 to 100 mA (depends on transmission mode))

UART

4-port screw terminal, settings configurable (baud rate, stop bits, parity, data bits)

LED lights

charging, configuration mode

Enclosure

plastic (PETG)

Fastening mechanism

3M Dual-lock or M5 screws using the screw noses

PCB-only version: M2 screws

IP rating

none, (it is waterproof if the UART connector is sealed.)

Operating temperature

-5°C to +40°C

Dimensions

99 x 66.5 x 11.5 mm (without antenna). With antenna, the height is 42 mm

PCB-only version: 78 x 63 x 10 mm (without antenna). With antenna, the height is 40 mm

Weight

33 grams

PCB-only version: 20 grams

db110 MAVLink transponder

db110 MAVLink transponder PCB-only version