Kirill's Blog (31)

Introducing SmartAP MAX

Sky-Drones is proud to announce the release of SmartAP MAX - perfect solution for the variety of drones applications with outstanding reliability and flight performance. SmartAP MAX provides maximum capabilities in minimum dimensions. 

  • Miniature: Compact size and light weight makes integration of…
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Added by Kirill on September 25, 2017 at 9:01am — 8 Comments

SmartAP 3.2 Pro Available

Sky-Drones announces release of the next generation flight controller - SmartAP 3.2 Pro, the system became even more integrated, powerful and provides extensive set of features. It has 3x-redundant temperature-stabilized IMU, integrated OSD telemetry with…

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Added by Kirill on June 14, 2017 at 9:22am — 29 Comments

SmartAP Power Distribution Board

Sky-Drones has recently released SmartAP PDB - Power Distribution Board for professional aerial systems. It supports up to 14S Batteries (60V input), has integrated current sensor, transfers high power from the battery to ESCs / Motors and generates power supply for the flight controller and other peripherals…

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Added by Kirill on April 17, 2017 at 3:23am — 9 Comments

SmartAP RTK released

Sky-Drones is introducing SmartAP RTK, this is a perfect addition to the flight controller when positioning precision really matters, it provides centimeter level accuracy. The system is based on the latest UBlox Neo-M8P chipset and is fully integrated across all SmartAP flight controllers and software. Standard telemetry is used to send…

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Added by Kirill on November 9, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

SmartAP 4 and other products available!

Sky-Drones has recently announced the release of SmartAP 4 - the latest generation autopilot. Now, SmartAP 4 and other products are available for purchase in online store. All SmartAP products are based on custom hardware and software…

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Added by Kirill on May 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

SmartAP 4 is coming soon

Sky-Drones.com unveils SmartAP 4 Autopilot - 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,…

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Added by Kirill on April 10, 2016 at 10:18am — 19 Comments

SmartAP 3.0 Pro Flight Controller

SmartAP 3.0 Pro 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…

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Added by Kirill on January 25, 2016 at 3:13pm — 78 Comments

SmartAP has its own Ground Control Station - SmartAP GCS

SmartAP Autopilot is getting its own Ground Control Station, it's called SmartAP GCS. This software package includes mission planning interface and built-in configuration tool. 

The general features are:

Flexible and user-friendly…

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Added by Kirill on July 20, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

SmartAP Autopilot now has its own Configurator

SmartAP Autopilot now has its own Configurator, this is a desktop application which helps to configure SmartAP board easily and prepare the vehicle for the first flight just in 10 minutes! The design is very clean and intuitive, while the capabilities are very flexible. Check out the video tutorial on system configuration…

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Added by Kirill on January 18, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

SmartAP 3.0 Pro

The next generation of SmartAP Autopilot - SmartAP 3.0 Pro has been released for public recently. This is the state of the art flight control system for multirotor UAVs capable of fully autonomous flight. It has a powerful MCU STM32F4, 9-axis IMU, integrated telemetry module and the latest GPS receiver…

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Added by Kirill on November 2, 2014 at 11:05am — 9 Comments

SmartAP 2.0 Beta release

It took almost two years of research, development and thorough testing in order to bring the next generation flight control system. Welcome SmartAP 2.0 - multirotor UAV autopilot with the capability of fully autonomous flight including takeoff and landing. The official beta release of the system is launched! More info at…

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Added by Kirill on June 27, 2014 at 2:30am — 8 Comments

The next generation of SmartAP - SmartAP v2

Hi everyone! I would like to share with you with my latest progress in flight control system developments. I have designed the next generation of my custom-made SmartAP autopilot, it's called SmartAP v2. It's based on STM32F4 microcontroller. Powerful MCU, new sensors and more complex algorithms helped to improve the accuracy of altitude & position hold. Short demo…

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Added by Kirill on May 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

SmartAP is fully autonomous autopilot

Now SmartAP Autopilot is a fully autonomous autopilot. In this video a quadcopter equipped with SmartAP Autopilot performs autonomous take off and waypoint flight. After that it returns to home and demonstrates an autonomous landing.

More information about the project you can find on the website:…

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Added by Kirill on July 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

Autonomous Waypoint Flight Mode in SmartAP!

Now SmartAP autopilot has Autonomous Waypoint Flight Mode. The demo shown in the video above consisted of 4 waypoints. After the last waypoint quadcopter came back to the initial home position and automatically switched to position hold mode there. Moreover, autopilot has Stabilize,Altitude Hold, Position Hold and Return to Home flight modes. Flight can be controlled…

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Added by Kirill on December 1, 2012 at 5:30am — 15 Comments

Return to Launch flight mode in SmartAP

I would like to share the latest SmartAP autopilot progress. As well as GPS Position Hold mode (introduced ~1 month ago), now it has Return to Launch flight mode. No matter wherever the copter is, just switch to RTL and it will come back to its home position autonomously. You can watch the video of Return to Launch test…

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Added by Kirill on September 9, 2012 at 8:50am — 4 Comments

IMAV 2012 Review

Maybe somebody heard about IMAV - International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Flight Competition. This year it was held in Braunschweig, Germany, 3-6 July. I was there and presented a paper about my project - SmartAP. Also our team took part in flight competition. Here is a short summary of the trip.

In general, teams…

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Added by Kirill on July 17, 2012 at 3:25am — 7 Comments

SmartAP Successful Flights

A week ago we made several successful flights with our own flight control system - SmartAP autopilot. At the moment Manual and Stabilize flight modes are ready. Below you can find a couple of videos. Both flight were made only in Stabilize Mode, no Altitude Hold or Position Hold activated. In the first one we checked hovering, in the second stability while…

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Added by Kirill on June 12, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

SmartAP - Smart Autopilot

For the last six month we (my friend and I) have been working on the development of autopilot. We called it SmartAP - Smart Autopilot.

It's all started in October 2011, when I decided to try to build our own autopilot, designed using the latest components.

Firstly, we purchased evaluation boards for a desired…

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Added by Kirill on March 30, 2012 at 9:21am — 7 Comments

Presenting ArduCopter project at Science Day

Last Thursday, February 9 was dedicated to the Day of Science in Russia. I was invited on meetup to present ArduCopter project. There were journalists from television, some of them were really interested in quadcopter, therefore, they made a small report. Unfortunately, I had to speak in Russian, but, I hope, you'll catch the idea from the video. You can find more videos and photos from this event below.

Here is a short demo in the…

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Added by Kirill on February 15, 2012 at 1:28pm — 9 Comments

Presentation about multicopters

A couple of weeks ago I have made a presentation at university about multicopters on the whole and ArduCopter in particular and showed a little demo…

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Added by Kirill on December 10, 2011 at 2:22pm — 5 Comments

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