Hardware

SmartAP AIRLink hardware architecture overview

General specifications

SmartAP AIRLink has two computers and integrated LTE Module:

  • The flight control computer (autopilot) has an extremely triple-redundant vibration-dampened and temperature-stabilized IMU.

  • The powerful AI mission computer enables advanced drone software features like computer vision and obstacle avoidance, digital HD video streaming, and payload data streaming.

  • LTE and WiFi connectivity module for permanent broadband internet connection which is enabler for remote workflows.

System specifications

Parameter

Value

Navigation

Accelerometers, Gyroscopes, Magnetometer, GNSS, Rangefinders, Lidars, Optical Flow, Visual

IMU

3x-Redundant

Vibration dampened Temperature stabilized

GNSS

GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, RTK (option)

Flight Modes

Manual, Stabilize, GNSS-Assisted, Autonomous Waypoints, Guided, Terrain Following

Flight Logs

SD Card, up to 256GB

Temperature

from -40°C up to +50°C

ECCN

7E994

Flight Controller specifications

Parameter

Value

Frequency

216 MHz

Flash

2MB

RAM

512 kB

IMU

3 Accelerometers, 3 Gyroscopes, 3 Magnetometers, 2 Barometers

Ethernet

10/100 Mbps LAN with Mission AI Computer

UARTs

Telemetry 1, Telemetry 2 (AI Mission Computer), Telemetry 3, GPS 1, GPS 2, Extra UART, Serial Debug Console

CAN

CAN 1, CAN 2

USB

MAVLink Serial Console

RC Input

SBUS, RSSI, PPM, Spektrum

AI Mission Computer specifications

Parameter

Value

CPU

6-Core: Dual-Core Cortex-A72 Quad-Core Cortex-A53

GPU

Mali-T864, OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0/3.1

VPU

4K VP8/9 4K 10bits H265/H264 60fps Decoding

Power

Software Reset Power Down RTC Wake-Up Sleep Mode

RAM

Dual-Channel 4GB LPDDR4

Storage

16GB eMMC 5.1 Flash MicroSD up to 256GB

Ethernet

10/100/1000 Native Gigabit

Wireless (WiFi/BT)

802.11a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth 2x2 MIMO

USB

USB 3.0 Type C

Video

4-Lane MIPI CSI (FPV Camera) 4-Lane MIPI CSI with HMDI Input (Payload Camera)

LTE Connectivity specifications

Parameter

Value

LTE

UMTS/HSPA(+), GSM/GPRS/EDGE

SIM Cards

Integrated eSIM External MicroSIM card slot

Antenna

2x2 MIMO

Bands

EMEA, North America, Australia, Japan, Other

Please refer to the datasheet below for full specs.

SmartAP AIRLink Enterprise and Core

We appreciate the different integration levels required by the drone manufacturers. Therefore we offer two slightly different editions of AIRLink - the most advanced drone avionics: Enterprise and Core. AIRLink Enterprise is ideal for a quick start, evaluation and prototyping while Core is optimised for deep integration and mid-high volume manufacturing.

Parameter

AIRLink Enterprise

AIRLink Core

Enclosure

Aluminum, with integrated heatsink and fan mounting option.

External heatsink or reasonable power dissipation should be provided by the design.

Dimensions

L103 x W61 x H37 mm

L100 x W57 x H22 mm

Weight

198 g

89 g

Operating temperature

-40°C-..+50°C

-40°C-..+50°C

Production volume

Low to Medium

Medium to High

Enterprise

SmartAP AIRLink's Enterprise edition is intended for prototyping and low to medium volume drone production. Quick and easy installation thanks to the dedicated mounting holes and integrated heatsink for power dissipation.

Core

SmartAP AIRLink's Core edition is intended for medium to high volume production and deep integration with customer's hardware. It weighs only 89 g and can be attached to a metal frame for optimum cooling.

Looking for CAD model? It's available here.

Hardware feature highlights

Easy to mount

4xM3 mounting holes

Front-facing FPV Camera

Front-facing FPV camera included in the set