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Sky Drone Link

Sky Drone Link

  • $999.00 USD


Sky Drone Link is a transmission system for drones that transmits HD video from any HDMI connected camera over the LTE network, providing an unlimited range and low latency video+data link.

 

Digital High Definition Video

Sky Drone Link supports HDMI camera input with 1080p.

Gimbal Control / Flight Controller Link

Besides the video link, Sky Drone Link provides a bidirectional data link between your drone and your Ground Control Station. This can be used to visualized telemetry data and/or control the drone. We support the MAVLink protocol as well as any generic protocol that interfaces via RS232/UART. Many gimbals can be controlled over a serial RS232/UART interface and Sky Drone Link can act as a virtual serial cable. This functionality is entirely optional.

Unlimited Range

By using existing cellular networks, the Sky Drone Link system provides you with virtually unlimited range. The only requirement is cell tower coverage. The system is optimized for the 4G/LTE network to provide best video quality and lowest latency. It does however fall back to 3G or even 2.5G networks by automatically adjusting video parameters without interrupting the stream.

 

Low latency

By using our own highly optimized video processing pipeline, the system is designed for lowest latency video from scratch. The typical end-to-end latency is less than 200ms depending on the camera used.

 

Groundstation Software

The Groundstation to receive Video from the Sky Drone Link unit runs on Windows and Linux with version for MacOS, Android and iOS in the pipeline to be released in Q2 2017.

Security

The video stream and meta data are fully end-to-end encrypted making it impossible for third parties to eavesdrop the transmission or interfere with it. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we rely on open and proven standards including Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) and Secure Real-Time Protocol (SRTP) using AES128.

How it works

Video only:

 

Video & Gimbal- or Flightcontroller Link:

Note: Gimbal Control Software not included, as it depends on the specific gimbal system.

 

Technical Specification

Weight:

198g incl. case, cable (if required it can be reduced to ~90g by removing casings)

Power Input:

5V (micro-USB, min. 1A)

Supported HDMI Inputs Formats:

1080p

Note: only progressive video formats are supported (no interlaced video input)

Antenna:

Internal antenna + external antenna socket (optional)

Typical End-to-End Latency:

<200ms

Typical Data Consumption on 4G/LTE:

10 minutes of streaming consumes:
Full HD at 6mbit/s: 450MB
HD at 2mbit/s: 150MB
Low quality at 50kbit/s: <4MB

Cellular Network Compatibility:

Option 1 (Europe/Asia): LTE Bands: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20

Option 2 (US): Verizon only

Which band does my carrier use?

Modems are CE, FCC and carrier-certified (if applicable).

 

Compatibility and Requirements

UAV / Drone
Models:

Video transmission only:
Any UAV / drone, which can carry the module weight (246g in-case or 90g without case).

Gimbal Control / Flight Controller Link (optional):
A gimbal controller or flight controller that uses a RS232/UART based interface.

Groundstation Software
Computer:

Minimum: Intel i5, 8 GB RAM
Recommended: Intel i7, 8 GB RAM, dedicated graphics card.

Operating System: Windows 7/8/10

Android: to be confirmed
iOS: to be confirmed

 

Component Overview

Sky Drone Link is an out-of-the-box solution, which comes with several modular parts.

What's In The Box

  • Sky Drone Link Core Processing Unit
  • HDMI Input Module
  • Firmware Module
  • Identity Module
  • Telemetry Connector
  • 4G/LTE Modem (Europe/Asia or US/Verizon)
  • CE/FCC Certification Card with Manual

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