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SmartAP 4 Available!

Sky-Drones announces the new Autopilot -SmartAP 4 - the latest flight control system for multirotor drones. Information is available on the main page below. Stay tuned for updates.

SmartAP GCS Released!

SmartAP Ground Control Station (GCS) has been officially released for public. Initial system configuration and high-level autonomous mission planning now can be done in one app!

Video Tutorials

SmartAP 3.x Connection / Configuration tutorials are available! Watch the demo video, follow the steps and configure the system in 10 minutes or read PDF User's Guide for more details.

What is UAV?

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard. A key feature of UAV is its autonomy, meaning that no pilot intervention since take off required. The variety of UAV applications are mainly focused on aerial photography, videography and monitoring. Electronics and software make this possible - here comes SmartAP Autopilot.

What is SmartAP?

SmartAP Autopilot is the high-level flight control system for multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with the capability of fully autonomous flight including take off, waypoints flight and landing. The hardware core is powered by STM32F4 microcontroller from STMicroelectronics, 9-axis Inertial Measurement Unit and the latest GPS/GLONASS receiver from UBlox providing outstanding flight precision. SmartAP has its own Configuration and Mission Planning software called SmartAP GCS. The system supports any type of multirotor UAV with highest navigation and control accuracy. SmartAP Autopilot was developed using the latest electronic components available at the moment, which allowed us to achieve such amazing results!

SmartAP 4 Flight Control System - buy NOW!

SmartAP 4 Autopilot is the latest generation flight control system for multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles of various configurations and sizes aimed at the wide range of applications. The main feature of the system is the capability of fully autonomous flight including take off, waypoints flight, landing and much more. The core is based on powerful 32-bit microcontroller ST Microelectronics STM32F4 and 9-axis Inertial Measurement Unit. The latest UBlox GPS module with integrated 3-axis magnetometer and pressure sensor can be connected externally for autonomous flight capabilities as well as wireless telemetry module for system configuration, mission planning & control and in-flight monitoring via specially designed SmartAP Ground Control Station and Configuration Tool. SmartAP 4 supports any type of multirotor UAV with outstanding flight performance, reliability, navigation and control precision. Compact size and weight makes integration of the system fast and easy, various I/O interfaces allow creating the applications for interaction with 3rd party electronics and payload.

General specifications

  • Powerful microcontroller 32 bit 168 MHz STM32F4 ARM Cortex M4
  • Compatible with GPS/GLONASS receiver
    - UBlox NEO8, GPS/GLONASS, up to 24 sats, 10 Hz) active antenna
  • Up to 12 PWM I/O support (5V out)
  • USB interface for configuration / firmware update
  • Various communication lines (UART, I2C, SPI)
  • MicroSD, 4-bit SDIO interface for data-logging / parameters storage
  • Backup battery for RTC
  • 2x ADC inputs for battery voltage / current monitoring
  • Electromagnetic sound audio indicator
  • 3-channels LED support (up to 500mA / ch)
  • 2-channels solid state relay
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SmartAP 4

Set includes

  • SmartAP 4 Autopilot
  • Power supply module with battery voltage and current monitoring (up to 6S LiPo)
  • External GPS module with integrated 3-axis magnetometer and pressure sensor
  • External onboard telemetry module with antenna
  • Ground telemetry module with antenna
  • MicroSD card and adapter for in-flight data logging and parameters storage
  • Buzzer
  • Set of cables for connection

Processor

  • ST Microelectronics STM32F427VI
  • 32 bit 168 MHz ARM Cortex M4
  • Hardware FPU

Sensors

  • 2x 9-axis IMU InvenSense MPU-9250 (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer)
  • 2x Pressure sensor MS5611 (integrated and external)
  • 1x 3-axis magnetometer HMC5883 (external)
  • 1x UBlox M8N GPS Module (external)
SmartAP 4
SmartAP 4

Interfaces

  • 12x PWM I/O
  • 1x PPM / SBUS Input
  • 1x SBUS Output
  • 1x Power Input port
  • 1x LED Output port
  • 3x UART
  • 2x I2C
  • 1x SPI
  • 1x USB Mini-B

SmartAP 3.1 PRO Flight Control System - buy NOW!

SmartAP 3.1 PRO Flight Control System includes the following capabilities and features. The kit includes everything you need:

Capabilities

  • All-integrated system approach - plug and fly
  • Extremely stable flight in
    - stabilize (user control)
    - position hold (semi-autonomous control)
    - auto (fully autonomos navigation and control)
  • MAVLink compatible Ground Control Station protocol
  • Accurate Position hold
    - Horizontal: up to 40cm
    - Vertical: up to 10cm
  • Manual altitude override
  • Fully autonomous waypoints flight
  • Autonomous take off
  • Autonomous landing
  • Return to Home mode
  • Low battery detection and Failsafe triggering
  • And many many more...
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General

  • Compact size and weight
    - 8x8 cm (3.15"x3.15"), weight 60 g
  • Powerful Microcontroller
    - 32 bit 168 MHz STM32F4 ARM Cortex M4
  • External GPS receiver UBlox NEO8
    - GPS/GLONASS, 24 SATS, 10 Hz
    with integrated active antenna and 3-axis compass
    - External GPS module supported
  • Integrated telemetry module (100 mW)
    - External module supported
    - powered 5V @ 1A
  • MicroSD card
    - 4-bit SDIO interface
    - Data-logging and parameters storage
  • Backup battery
    - Real-time clock and GPS Receiver
  • 4 ADC inputs
    - Battery voltage monitoring
    - Battery current monitoring
  • 2-channels solid state relay

Sensors

  • InvenSense MPU-9150
    - 3-axis Accelerometer
    - 3-axis Gyroscope
    - 3-axis Magnetometer
  • STMicroelectronics LIS3DSH
    - 3-axis Accelerometer
  • Honeywell HMC5883L
    - 3-axis Magnetometer
  • Measurement Specialties MS5611
    - Pressure sensor

Power supply

  • Power supply from main LiPo battery
    - 3S - 8S support, up to 36 Volts
  • Power supply from 5V BEC
  • 12V, 5V, 3.3V generated onboard
  • Integrated main LiPo battery voltage monitoring

Interfaces

  • USB interface
    - Configuration and Firmware Update
  • Up to 24 PWM I/O support
    - optional +5V output, high-powered
    - SBUS support, PPM sum support
  • Various communication lines
    - UART/USART, RS232
    - I2C
    - SPI
    - CAN

Signaling

  • Electromagnetic sound audio indicator
  • LED signals support
    - RBG LED Indicator
    - 2 channels bright LED strip support
    - with up to 100mA / channel

SmartAP Ground Control Station - download NOW!

SmartAP GCS (Ground Control Station) is the software application which allows you to plan autonomous mission for your SmartAP Autopilot as well as control the UAV using intuitive high-level commands.
  • Flexible and user-friendly interface
  • One-click commands for high-level control
    (ARM, Take off, Loiter, Land etc.)
  • Status information display
  • Real-time video feed and overlay
    (with video capture device)
  • Major flight information display
  • Mission planning using waypoints
  • Customizable waypoints' settings
  • Flight logging support
  • Realtime plot of all parameters
  • Integrated log analyzer
  • Points of interest selection and control
  • Terminal window

SmartAP Configurator (integrated in GCS)

(now integrated in SmartAP GCS)
SmartAP Configurator is a module which will help you to configure your SmartAP board easily and prepare the vehicle for the first flight just in 10 minutes!
  • Intuitive interface
  • Works via USB or Telemetry
  • Battery status display
  • Supports 10 types of airframes
  • Radio type selection (PWM or SBUS)
  • Easy IMU calibration
  • Fast parameters tuning
  • Failsafe settings
  • Advanced parameters list access
  • Command line interface
  • Real time plot
  • Firmware update
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Sky-Drones / SmartAP Intro



Supported Airframes

  • Quadcopter Plus 4
  • Quadcopter X 4
  • Quadcopter W 4
  • Hexacopter Plus 6
  • Hexacopter X 6
  • Octocopter Plus 8
  • Octocopter X 8
  • Tricopter I 6
  • Tricopter Y 6
  • Quadcopter X 8
  • Hexacopter X 12

Can't find your airframe type?

Let us know and we will add it!
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SmartAP GPS 3.0 Module

  • UBlox NEO M8N chipset based
  • Integrated SAW and LNA
  • 25mm ceramic patch antenna
  • GPS / GLONASS support
  • Up to 24 satellites
  • 18 / 10 Hz update rate (GPS / GPS + GLONASS)
  • Rechargeable 3V lithium backup battery
  • Ultra-Low noise 3.3V regulator
  • Power and fix indicator LEDs
  • Exposed RX, TX, 5V and GND pads
  • Integrated magnetometer - HMC5883L
  • Footprint for pressure sensor - MS5611-01BA03
  • UART port for GPS interface
  • Diameter 50x50mm
  • Weight 21g
  • Fully compatible with SmartAP Autopilots

SmartAP GPS 2.0 Module

  • UBlox NEO M8N chipset based
  • Integrated SAW and LNA
  • 25mm ceramic patch antenna
  • GPS / GLONASS support
  • Up to 24 satellites
  • 18 / 10 Hz update rate (GPS / GPS + GLONASS)
  • Rechargeable 3V lithium backup battery
  • Ultra-Low noise 3.3V regulator
  • Power and fix indicator LEDs
  • Exposed RX, TX, 5V and GND pads
  • Integrated magnetometer - HMC5883L
  • Footprint for pressure sensor - MS5611-01BA03
  • UART port for GPS interface
  • Size 50x50mm
  • Weight 21g
  • Fully compatible with SmartAP Autopilots

SmartAP 2.0 Autopilot Specifications

  • PCB size 60x40mm, (4 layers)
  • Weight 16g
  • 168MHz STM32 ARM Cortex M4 microcontroller
  • USB Firmware update
  • FPU (Floating Point Unit)
  • 6 PWM inputs, 6 PWM outputs
  • IMU - Invensense MPU-6050 / MPU-9150
  • Magnetometer - HMC5883L
  • Pressure sensor - MS5611-01BA03
  • UART port for wireless telemetry connection (e.g. Xbee)
  • MicroSD card slot for flight data logging
  • GPS port
  • Buzzer
  • External bright statusLED port
  • Sonar port
  • External magnetometer port
  • Airspeed sensor port
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