Surveying in Style: Emlid's Reach RS3 Makes Every Angle a Good Angle

Discover the game-changing features of Emlid's Reach RS3 GNSS Receiver. From IMU tilt compensation to 18-hour battery life, it's the ultimate tool for surveyors.

8 months ago   •   4 min read

By Alex
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Hold onto your seats, surveying enthusiasts and tech junkies! Emlid has done it again. They've unveiled the Reach RS3 GNSS Receiver that packs so many features, you might mistake it for a Swiss Army knife. From IMU tilt compensation for your awkward-angle woes to a battery that lasts longer than your last relationship, this bad boy's got it all. Buckle up, it's going to be a wild ride through the specs, capabilities, and software options that make the Reach RS3 the Beyoncé of GNSS receivers.


A Quick Look at the Beast: The Reach RS3

If you're looking for a GNSS receiver that can do it all, reach for the stars with Emlid's Reach RS3. The headline stealer is IMU tilt compensation—letting you measure at angles that would make a yoga instructor blush. It's a multi-band base and rover, with a built-in LTE modem. And did we mention the 22-hour battery life? It's like the Energizer Bunny went to tech school.

The Crown Jewel: Tilt Compensation

Okay, we get it. You've been struggling with those pesky angles—trying to get precise measurements on building corners or at the edge of a cliff. Well, Emlid heard your cries. The IMU tilt compensation allows for survey-grade accuracy even when you're tilted at up to 60 degrees. It's calibrated, ready to use, and gets to work faster than you can say "inclined plane."

Multi-band Receiver: The Jack-of-All-Frequencies

Imagine a device that's not picky about where it gets its corrections from. CORS, another Reach, or even a third-party base—the Reach RS3 is your open-minded friend in the GNSS world. And it's got dual-band radio capabilities. It's like having a universal remote for surveying.

NTRIP & Dual-band Radio: Let's Talk Range

With the Emlid NTRIP Caster, you can wave goodbye to line-of-sight limitations. The range is over 60km in RTK and a whopping 100km in PPK. You can also choose UHF in the 450 MHz range if you're feeling nostalgic or have bases that transmit RTCM3 over TRIMTALK 450S.

Built for the Long Haul: Battery and Design

You know what's worse than a device dying on you in the middle of a survey? Not much. But the Reach RS3 won't be that device. With up to 22 hours on a single charge (18h with tilt compensation), it's ready for a survey marathon. And with an IP67 rating, it can take whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

Get a Fix in 5 Seconds Flat

Nobody likes to wait, especially when you're standing in the middle of nowhere with a GNSS receiver. The Reach RS3 gets a centimeter-accurate fix in about 5 seconds. It tracks GPS/QZSS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo. It's like the Usain Bolt of GNSS receivers.

RINEX Logging and PPP Support

For those who love post-processing, the Reach RS3 records raw data in the RINEX format. It's compatible with OPUS, AUSPOS, and PPP services, making it the international jet-setter of data logging.

Built-in LTE Modem

Because the Reach RS3 has its own LTE modem, you don't have to piggyback off your phone's shaky internet connection. Just insert a SIM card and get corrections via NTRIP.

Key Specifications

  • High precision IMU
  • RTK + 2 mm + 0.3 mm/°
  • Immune to magnetic disturbances
  • Dual-band radio:
    868/915 MHz LoRa to receive and transmit corrections
    450 MHz UHF to receive corrections
  • Tracks GPS/QZSS, GLONASS L1, L2;
    BeiDou B1, B2;
    Galileo E1, E5
  • Global LTE modem
  • NTRIP and RTCM3 to send and receive corrections
  • 18 hrs with tilt compensation
  • Li-Ion battery, USB Type-C charging
  • Comes with the Emlid Flow app

The Software Ecosystem: Welcome to Emlid Flow

Finally, a software that doesn't require a PhD to navigate. The Emlid Flow mobile app for iOS and Android allows you to manage all your field-related tasks. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can subscribe to the Emlid Flow Survey Plan for additional features. And for post-processing fans, there's Emlid Studio. It's like a party in your GNSS workflow.

Wrapping Up

Emlid's Reach RS3 isn't just a GNSS receiver; it's a surveyor's dream wrapped in a rugged, battery-efficient package. From its tilt compensation feature to its versatile software options, it's the answer to all your geospatial prayers. Still got questions? Feel free to reach out to our in-house surveying department. We promise we're as entertaining as this article.

So there you have it, folks. The Emlid Reach RS3: the GNSS receiver that makes every other receiver look like it's still living in its parents' basement.

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