SmartLink is a broadband digital datalink with an integrated onboard computer. Two HD video channels, telemetry and control with ultra-low latency and a range of up to 20 km.

Recording of the LIVE webinar hosted by Sky-Drones Founder & CEO Kirill Shilov demonstrating the most advanced drone connectivity unit - SmartLink.


Air module

SmartLink Air is based on a powerful quad-core ARM Cortex A53 SoC (system-on-chip) computer running Linux. The system is capable of handling two real time HD video streams from cameras (CSI and HDMI), autopilot telemetry and control. It has an abundant supply of resources for user applications with various interfaces including USB, UART, I2C, and SPI allowing users to connect their desired payloads and tightly integrate it with their flight controller and / or ground control station. LTE connection is also available and is operated by plug and play technology.

Ground module

Ground module is extremely compact and lightweight. It has a micro USB connector to interact with any kind of device - laptops, smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers are all supported. All you need to do is connect it and open the SmartAP GCS application. Ground module features an active cooling system which allows the module to withstand high ambient temperatures making it even more reliable in harsher environments. 2x2 MIMO technology provides higher bandwidth, lower latency and longer range.

How it works

Included in your set

  1. SmartLink Ground Module

  2. SmartLink Air Module

  3. 2x Air Module antennas

  4. 2x Ground Module antennas

  5. CSI Camera

  6. Telemetry cable

  7. HDMI cable

  8. Air Module power cable

  9. Ground Module power cable



SmartLink was specifically designed to be used with SmartAP GCS - our powerful cross-platform ground control station. SmartAP GCS supports:

  • 2x HD video streams display

  • Full camera controls

  • Video recording on microSD card

  • Image capture on microSD card

  • Radio settings configuration

  • Drone control joystick

  • Payload control joystick

SmartAP GCS can be used on any platform and operating system including MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android and Linux. The software provides all status information on radio link including RSSI, SNR and allows you to dynamically change all major settings. For instance, operating frequency, bandwidth or power can be changed with one click. Remote module configuration is done automatically via the ground module.

Throughput and signal strength

Range, kmModulationThroughput, MbpsSensitivity, dBm

0 - 0.3 km




0.3 - 1 km




1 - 2 km




2 - 4 km




4 - 8 km




8 - 12 km




12 - 15 km




15 - 20 km




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