About the product
AIRLink is an advanced 3‑in‑1 drone avionics unit that works as an autopilot for an entire fleet of drones, an AI mission computer with object recognition and target tracking, and an LTE link for 3G/4G/5G networks. The system was developed after Sky-Drones saw the need for enterprise UAV organizations to provide a solution that could significantly reduce the time to market for drones from years to months, or from months to weeks. Further details about this unique system from Sky-Drone.
SmartAP + SmartLink = AIRLink
Flight and connectivity management, from SmartAP MAX and SmartLink to AIRLink, all in one integrated drone avionics:
- Inputs for FPV cameras and payload (HD FPV camera included)
- IMU with 3x over-damped vibration and temperature stabilization
- Internet connectivity: Ethernet, WiFi, LTE 4G/5G
- Sky-Drones cloud connection and remote control
- Integrated UTM and BVLOS Ready
- Deploying your own applications
What does AIRLink include?
The most advanced drone avionics platform and Sky-Drones technology for corporate drones includes:
- Advanced drone autopilot
- AI computer for automatic missions
- LTE connection module
Sky-Drones Technologies recently confirmed that its AIRLink AI-powered drone flight controller can now work with the open source autopilot software ArduPilot.
ArduPilot provides users with a wide choice of hardware, both open and closed. This free and fully customizable software is an autopilot system that supports many types of vehicles, including multicopters, traditional helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, boats and more.
Detailed Specification of Sky-Drone AIRLink System:
FPV video in HD quality
AIRLink is equipped with a 1080p HDR camera for exceptional image quality. The FPV camera connector is brought to the front side of the unit, which makes its integration and installation quick and easy even in the most compact UAV designs. The built-in CSI interface ensures the lowest possible latency (usually less than one frame, equal to 17 ms):
- 1080p HDR
- CSI interface
- FPV camera included
- Front camera connector
- Separate HDMI for payload cameras
Full access to the interface
Artificial intelligence and remote communication with all interfaces open from all sides:
- Input power with voltage and current control
- Micro SD Card AI Mission Computer
- Flight controller micro SD card
- Computer AI Mission USB Type‑C
- PPM input, SBUS output, RSSI monitor
Communication and video
AIRLink can have a permanent connection to the Internet in many ways:
- Ethernet port with power output
- telemetry port
- Second GPS port
- Spare I2C/UART port
- USB Type‑C flight controller
- Micro SIM card
- HDMI input port (payload camera)
The AIRLink block includes all the necessary ports for connecting various peripherals:
- Primary GNSS and compass port
- Main telemetry port
- CSI camera input
- CAN 1
- CAN 2
Built-in LTE and Wi-Fi modules
In AIRLink, the unit is already connected to the Internet from the factory:
- SBUS input
- 16 PWM output channels
- 2 antenna LTE (MIMO) connectors
- Antenna Wi-Fi connector (Available modes: AP mode/Station mode)
AES-256 as standard
The connection is encrypted with the AES-256 standard. The network key can be easily changed at any time when necessary.
AIR Link telemetry
AIRLink telemetry provides unmanned vehicles with a broadband, AES-256 encrypted, private data link within a 20 km radius. It is a separate telemetry module for SmartAP:
- Range 20 km
- AES-256 encryption
- Output power 1000 mW (30 dBm)
Ground station settings
SmartAP GCS provides all information about the state of the radio link, including RSSI, SNR, packets, and also allows you to dynamically change all the basic settings. For example, operating frequency, bandwidth or power can be changed with just one click. Remote module configuration is done automatically via the ground module.
AIR Link Versions
The developer offers AIRLink in three versions:
AIR Link Core
Sky-Drones will make the units work internally without an external aluminum casing to give corporate customers the ability to integrate it directly into their fleet production, no matter how complex the design. The developer will also help you ensure that your UAV specifications meet the needs of AIRLink devices. Key features of the version:
- Relevant for drone manufacturers with medium- and large-scale production
- Deep integration
- Made in the UK
- Shipping within 2 days
- Engineering support from Sky-Drones
The devices are delivered as designed and manufactured by the developer, and are ready for immediate connection to the UAV. Key features of the version:
- For drone developers with small and medium volume production
- Easy Installation
- Made in the UK
- Shipping within 1–2 days
- Engineering support from Sky-Drones
AIRLink Reference Design
Sky-Drones is ready to offer licenses to large UAV manufacturers for self-creation of devices, which will save time and costs. Key features of the version:
- For high volume drone manufacturers
- For superdense integrations
- Schemes / Layout / CAD
- Changing the scheme and layout according to customer requirements
- Production in our own factory
- You control the volume of production
- Engineering support from Sky-Drones
SmartAP AIRLink includes everything you need to set up and prepare your system for flight. The standard kit will include:
- AIRLink Corporate Block
- FPV camera with CSI cable
- Wi-Fi antenna with MMCX connector
- 2 × LTE antennas with MMCX connector
- HDMI cable ⟷ mini HDMI
- Cable kit (7 cables for all connectors)
- JST-GH key for Ethernet RJ45
Price and availability
Sky-Drone AIRLink is already available for purchase through the developer’s official resources at the following prices:
- AIR Link Core — $2,790
- AIRLink Enterprise — $2,990
- AIRLink Reference Design — to clarify the price, contact the developer through this contact form
Q. When will AIRLink be available for purchase?
A. Already available! You can order AIRLink by visiting the official website of the developer. You can pay for your order via Paypal or bank transfer. If you need any special documents for your order, please let the developer know. Order processing and delivery time is 1–2 days. Orders are shipped worldwide.
Q. Where can I find detailed specifications for AIRLink?
A. They are all available on the official Sky-Drones website under AIRLink. There is also online documentation that provides more information about AIRLink.
Q. Where can I find installation and setup for AIRLink?
A. The online documentation available at http://docs.sky-drones.com is the official documentation portal that contains all the detailed information on each Sky-Drones hardware and software product.
Q. Does AIRLink support payload connection? How can I connect my payloads to AIRLink?
A. AIRLink has 2 camera ports: 1 x CSI and 1 x HDMI. We include a CSI camera with every AIRLink kit along with an HDMI ⟷ mini HDMI cable for quick connection of your camera payload. USB cameras or IP cameras can also be connected, for this you need to contact the developer and he will tell you how to do this.
Q. Does AIRLink reach the consumer as open source?
A. AIRLink uses widely accepted drone industry standards and if you want to change the software it’s doable. The hardware comes without the ability to access the source code, but for large manufacturers, the developer can still provide a reference design and help you set up your own production.
Q. Can I run my own software on AIRLink?
Oh yeah! The developer can give you full access to the AI computer for automated missions and autopilot so you can deploy your own applications through AIRLink. To do this, you need to contact the developer through this contact form.
Q. Is AIRLink powerful enough to run AI and machine learning algorithms?
Oh. More than! AIRLink is equipped with the processing power to run complex algorithms on board. In this regard, you have nothing to worry about.
Q. How can I connect AIRLink to my computer?
A. AIRLink has built-in Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity. Wi-Fi can be used as a hotspot to connect AIRLink to your router, and LTE connectivity means AIRLink comes to you with internet already connected. All you need to do is set up or log into your Sky-Drones Cloud account and turn on your data plan. Alternatively, you can also use your own carrier and data plan to manage it yourself later on. Finally, AIRLink has an Ethernet port for integrating data links over IP. Contact the developer to find out more!
Q. What is your production capability?
A. AIRLink is easily produced in the hundreds per month. If necessary, we can produce thousands per month with prior notification of the need. AIRLink is manufactured in the UK using quality assured original materials. All devices are tested before being sent to customers.
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