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 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 the highest navigation and control accuracy. SmartAP Autopilot was developed using the latest electronic components available at the moment, which allowed to achieve such amazing results!

General features of the system:
- 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...

The system installed on 960-sized hexacopter:

- Powerful microcontroller 32 bit 168 MHz STM32F4 ARM Cortex M4
- Compact board size of 8x8 cm (3.15"x3.15"), weight 60g, 6 layers PCB design
- Power supply from main LiPO battery (3S - 8S) support, up to 36 Volts
- Power supply from BEC 5V support
- 12V, 5V, 3.3V generated onboard
- Integrated GPS receiver (UBlox NEO8, GPS/GLONASS, up to 24 sats, 10 Hz) active antenna, exnternal module is supported as well
- Integrated telemetry module (100 mW), external module is supported as well (up to 5V@1A powered)
- Up to 24 PWM I/O support (5V out, high-power), SBUS support
- USB interface for configuration / firmware update
- 6-pin JTAG port for programming / debugging
- Various communication lines (UART/USART, RS232, I2C, SPI)
- MicroSD card driven by 4-bit SDIO interface for data-logging / parameters
- Backup battery for real-time clock and GPS receiver
- Integrated main LiPo battery voltage monitoring
- 4 ADC inputs, battery voltage / current monitoring
- Electromagnetic sound audio indicator
- 4-channels bright LED support (up to 100mA/ch)

The components of the system:

SmartAP Ground Control Station and Configuration Tool
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.
General features are:
- 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

Ground Control Station Mainwindow

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

Ground Control Station demo video

User's review video:

More information and ordering at:


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Comment by Darius Jack on January 25, 2016 at 6:26pm
Thanks Kirill,

could tell me frankly if your SmartAP 3.0 Pro Flight Controller
is more powerful than Pixhawk and the number of Fly-away cases is at lower rate vs. Pixhawk controlled drones ?

Tell me if we should switch to your SmartAP 3.0 Pro Flight Controller from Pixhawk or not and why.
Comment by Waladi on January 25, 2016 at 6:58pm


How do SmartAP manage to handle vibration from the copter? 

is it include internal vibration damper on the IMU or user should add damper?


Comment by Erik Graham on January 25, 2016 at 7:35pm
The GCS software looks a lot like a rebranded Mission Planner. Is it?
Comment by Kirill on January 26, 2016 at 3:16am


SmartAP 3.0 Pro was developed generally for professional applications where the safety and reliability are the most significant aspects. The chance of fly-away is definitely much lower compared to Pixhawk thanks to high-quality manufacturing / control resources and software thoroughly verified in simulation. 

I would recommend you trying SmartAP 3.0. As a benefit, we're opened for collaboration and can consider adding special features on your request. Message us here and we'll give you a discount. 

Comment by Kirill on January 26, 2016 at 3:21am


It's recommended to mount the system on rubber dampeners  (e.g. these ones However, due to the mass and size of the board it's not affected that much on medium to big size airframes. And if you have balanced props you can mount the system without any dampeners at all. 

Comment by QuadrotorThai Tevada on January 26, 2016 at 3:22am

I interest for develop it if you share code.

Comment by Kirill on January 26, 2016 at 3:26am


No, this is our proprietary software developed from the scratch in the company. We're using different technology compared to Mission Planner. Moreover, versions for Mac and Linux will be released soon (Mission Planner is only windows based). 

Comment by Jason Wise on January 26, 2016 at 4:12am

Whats the system worth?

Comment by Tobias Witting on January 26, 2016 at 6:43am

I'm not too impressed. Look at the first video. Significant (maybe half meter) lateral drift in position hold. Also a significant altitude drop in flight. And they only show quite low speed flight. My pixhawk quad also suffers from the altitude drop in fast flight (known APM copter issue that is being worked on) but not at the low speeds shown here. Also pos hold is better with APM code.

Comment by RPM on January 26, 2016 at 7:07am

When I click buy there is no price or online store. This is generally a sign that the price is too high for most DIY applications.


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