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 Kirill on January 27, 2016 at 2:17pm

Marc, I agree with you and share your point of view, you're right.

Comment by Kirill on January 27, 2016 at 2:21pm

Bojan, thanks a lot! Appreciate your words! We tried to make the GCS UI user-friendly, not to overload it with unnecessary information and show the most important things. The key thing was to make it intuitive and understandable in a few minutes without reading any guides on how to use. 

That's just automatic voice generation :)

Comment by Kirill on January 27, 2016 at 2:33pm

Marc, side-by-side tests are going to be the next marketing step. Now it's important to let people know about the system and its capabilities. Agree about the US office, in case the product becomes more popular we'll need local representatives and currently, of course, the biggest market is the US.

Comment by Kirill on January 27, 2016 at 2:42pm

Hugues, yes, this is a common trend to provide ready-to-fly solutions instead of the components. However, there is still a huge need for for them - lots of individuals / companies develop there custom solutions for very specific applications and this can be done only by using the components. 

Chinese products are really great in price - very cheap, but the quality is not that good unfortunately. Also, it's a lot about the software and chinese companies generally develop only the hardware and don't do anything with the software at all. 

Comment by Martin on January 27, 2016 at 2:48pm

@Kirill, the issue here is basically that many people here don't believe you've really created something better than a Pixhawk & Arducopter combo. World class programmers and electronics experts have contributed to both projects. Thousands on users are helping to find bugs in the software.

You really should be more specific on the features that make your product special. Can I put it on any platform and have it do autotune without having to do manual tuning?

Comment by Marc Dornan on January 27, 2016 at 3:00pm

Andreas: "3DR. They are enthusiastically embracing and contributing to an open source bunch of projects and are not doing too bad."

I realize it is really difficult to debate that statement on DIYD but it is debatable. 3DR have had a very hard time going from smallish business to large business via the Open Source route. They may pull it off and I hope they do make Drone Code the Android of the UAV market. Their legacy hardware business is dead ('Cloned' out of existence by Asian manufacturers), Solo is struggling, and I think they are trying to work out something better, and we all wish them well.

There absolutely is a market for proprietary flight controllers that just work well and yet embrace open standards like Mavlink. Maybe the upsides for Kirill are better by keeping hold of his own technology. It is, after all, an asset that can be sold and monetized and since it seems to be HIS life's work to date, why should he open it up? It is not quite as simple as you suggest -- and Chris Anderson has been touching on how hard it is to monetize open source based businesses.

Anyhow, just my viewpoint as a 'prosumer' drone user. I applaud his efforts and do not automatically think he ripped anything off. 3DR should have made something like this years ago.

Comment by Marc Dornan on January 27, 2016 at 3:02pm

@martin - I agree that the case has to be proved in objective field reviews. 

Comment by Darius Jack on January 27, 2016 at 4:19pm


could you kindly explain me relations between Pixhawk PX4 and DIYDrones, 3DR or other entities or individuals,
since developer of PX4 is Lorenz Meier from ETK Zurich
and there are no references to DIYDrones, 3DR or any team of developers
and what's more, PX4 is described as ETH software.

Are you sure PX4 is not covered by patents pending or granted to ETK
or to some other entity ?

the following link just appeared at DIYDrones website
Lorenz Meier, a doctoral student in computer science at ETH Zurich, created the PX4 software that is already being used to pilot many drones. Now, one of the world’s biggest electronics manufacturers has adopted the software as standard.

Comment by Darius Jack on January 27, 2016 at 4:26pm
Comment by QuadrotorThai Tevada on January 27, 2016 at 6:01pm

Do you sensor connect this.
MPU-9150----------> I2C
LIS3DSH-------------> SPI


MPU-9150 is MPU6050 but it have Magnetometer inside so name is MPU-9150.


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