Maximize uptime to keep a job moving
The StarFire™ 6000 and StarFire 6000 Integrated Receivers have 252 channels and tracks both GPS (United States) and GLONASS (Russia) satellites. Tracking as many Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) satellite signals as possible increases the chances of retaining accuracy and performance in challenging areas such as when operating near trees.
Improve uptime with multiple StarFire signal tracking
 
The StarFire 6000 and StarFire 6000 Integrated Receivers simultaneously track correction signals from up to three StarFire correction satellites. The receiver tracks and uses correction signals from all StarFire satellites in view and intelligently chooses one that delivers the best performance. When the receiver moves into an area where the primary StarFire signal is blocked, such as near a tree line, the receiver automatically switches to an alternate StarFire signal (if visible) to help maintain accuracy and performance. Compare this to the previous StarFire 3000 Receiver that was only capable of tracking one StarFire signal at a time and could wait up to four minutes to initiate the switch to the next available signal.

With the StarFire 6000 and StarFire 6000 Integrated Receivers, the user has improved performance and uptime when operating precision agriculture systems, like AutoTrac™ assisted steering system and Section Control in challenging areas, when compared to the previous StarFire 3000.

NOTE: Some locations have visibility to two StarFire signal satellites and some locations have visibility to three.
Multiple StarFire signal tracking

Multiple StarFire signal tracking

StarFire coverage
 
StarFire network coverage

StarFire network coverage

NOTE: This is an approximate representation of StarFire coverage, especially near beam edges.
Coast through StarFire signal outages
 
The StarFire 6000 and StarFire 6000 Integrated are capable of coasting through StarFire signal outages of up to 20 minutes in duration in case the operator needs to operate AutoTrac in an area where all StarFire signals are temporarily blocked by trees or other obstructions. Accuracy will slowly degrade during this 20-minute period and will be shown to the operator via the accuracy indicator on the display.
Recover to full accuracy after GNSS signal outages
 
The StarFire 6000 and StarFire 6000 Integrated also deliver a faster and more robust rapid recovery feature, allowing the system to quickly recover to high accuracy performance after losing track of GPS/GLONASS signals for short durations. This means the operator spends less time waiting for the system to recover to full accuracy after temporary shading events, such as turning around near a headland shaded by trees.
Take advantage of RTK Extend™ system for up to 14 days
 
RTK mode

RTK mode

RTK communication lost

RTK communication lost

RTK operators have experienced the value that RTK Extend provides when operating in areas where communication with the RTK base station or mobile RTK network is challenging, such as in hilly terrain, heavy trees, or poor cellular connection (Mobile RTK). The StarFire 6000 and StarFire 6000 Integrated make another step change in RTK Extend performance compared to their predecessor, delivering RTK Extend for up to 14 days.

A scenario to understand this enhanced RTK Extend feature:
    1. Machine receiver (rover) is communicating with the RTK base station or network and is running in RTK mode
    2. Time 0 – machine receiver loses communication with RTK base station or network due to an obstruction blocking line of site or due to the machine moving outside of base station or network coverage:
      • StarFire 3000 – automatically switches to RTK Extend (RTK-like accuracy and repeatability)
      • StarFire 6000 – automatically switches to RTK Extend (RTK-like accuracy and repeatability)
      • StarFire 6000 Integrated - automatically switches to RTK Extend (RTK-like accuracy and repeatability)
    3. Time - 15 minutes:
      • StarFire 3000 – automatically switches to SF2 fallback (+/- 5-cm [2-in.] accuracy with no repeatability)
      • StarFire 6000 – remains in RTK Extend (RTK-like accuracy and repeatability)
      • StarFire 6000 Integrated - remains in RTK Extend (RTK-like accuracy and repeatability)
    4. Time - 14 days:
      • StarFire 3000 – SF2 fallback ends and operator can switch to SF1 if desired
      • StarFire 6000 – RTK Extend ends and operator can switch to SF1 if desired
      • StarFire 6000 Integrated - RTK Extend ends and operator can switch to SF1 if desired
 
Last Updated : 03-May-2022