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Hemisphere VS-i8 INS

What happens when you combine industry-leading technologies from industry-leading companies, and you fit the combination of the technologies into a small, compact box? That’s exactly what Hemisphere did to create the VS-i8 inertial navigation system (INS), and as it turns out, the formula delivers extraordinary results.


The Hemisphere VS-i8 inertial navigation system (INS) is designed for situations where continuous navigation information is required. Marine, military, precise navigation positioning and many other applications often need extremely precise navigation positioning without a hint of error; that’s precisely where the VS-i8 shines.

This is a lightweight, self-contained, all-attitude navigation system based on the Hemisphere Vega™ 60 GNSS position and heading engine with the Honeywell® HG4930 IMU, and it utilizes Honeywell’s proprietary sensor fusion technology. This combination alone makes the Hemisphere VS-i8 INS a powerful tool; however, there’s much more!

The standard configuration VS-i8 delivers best-in-class RTK performance with multi-frequency, multi-GNSS, and RTK activations. The Hemisphere VS-i8 also has 16GB of storage space and a waterproof, rugged enclosure.

The true potential of the Hemisphere’s VS-i8 is unleashed when you combine the VS-i8 with Hemisphere A45 GNSS antennas, or Atlas® global PPP corrections, SBAS, and autonomous positioning modes. Furthermore, the VS-i8 can be combined with external sources to perform in places where other inertial navigation systems stand no chance.

Besides its unmatched flexibility, other VS-i8 features are dual-antenna heading, non-ITAR control, 0.03° heading, 0.015° pitch and roll accuracy on a 2m baseline, data logging, and SDK and ROS drivers.

The rugged enclosure of the VS-i8 is waterproof rated, but bulletproof rated might be a more suitable description with the ability to withstand operating temperatures ranging from -40°C to +71°C (-40°F to +160°F). Its less than 500 gram (less than 1.1 lb.) weight and dimensions of 9 cm in length, 6 cm in width, and 6 cm in height make this little device extraordinarily versatile and widely applicable.

The Hemisphere VS-i8 INS supports a multitude of multi-frequency GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, AZSS, Navic (IRNSS), and Atlas L-band signals. More specifically, the VS-i8 INS receives signals from:

  • – GPS – L1CA/L1P/L1C/L2P/L2C/L5
  • – GLONASS – G1/G2/G3, P1/P2
  • – BeiDou – B1i/B2i/B3i/B1C/B2a/B2b/ AceBOC
  • – GALILEO – E1BC/E5a/E5b/E6BC/ AltBOC
  • – QZSS – L1CA/L2C/L5/L1C/L6
  • – NavIC (IRNSS) – L5
  • – Atlas – L-band


Plainly put, the Hemisphere VS-i8 is the combination of the best technologies from recognized industry leaders. With its technology and rugged enclosure, it’s applicable to every situation possible where error-free, high-precision navigation is a must, whether land, air, or marine application.

To order the Hemisphere VS-i8 inertial navigation system (INS), or if you have any questions about Hemisphere products request a quote today.

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