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-20C to 50C
ASTRO is Freefly's newest commercial drone platform equipped with advanced features such as RTK, LTE cloud connectivity, a mission computer, and more. The Astro drone is supported by Freefly's experienced team, which has successfully completed over 100,000 commercial drone flights.
One of the standout features of the Astro is its centimeter-level accuracy, thanks to the Freefly RTK system. Equipped with a multi-band RTK system utilizing the latest GNSS module from u-blox (F9P), the Astro drone ensures rock-solid height and position hold.
Astro drones are equipped with super-light batteries that enable long flight times. These batteries, available in two sizes, utilize the latest 2170 round cell lithium-ion technology, offering a combination of high energy density and exceptional cycle life. Freefly guarantees a minimum of 500 cycles on their SL series batteries. The SL series batteries also include an OLED screen that provides important data to the user and communicate with the Astro drone using the open CAN battery protocol, allowing for fleetwide tracking of battery health and usage.
To provide precise control and easy integration, Freefly has designed an ultra-lightweight 3-axis gimbal specifically for the Astro drone. The gimbal is open architecture, allowing for adaptation to new payloads. It features a payload quick release mechanism for swift camera switching and a gimbal quick release mechanism for easy removal from the Astro drone.
Each Astro drone is equipped with a customized version of Skynode, which is responsible for its functionality. Skynode consists of LTE connectivity, an onboard Linux mission computer, and a seamless connection to Auterion Mission Control and the Auterion Suite.
Auterion offers a software platform that includes various tools for planning, flight operations, and compliance. It also provides robust and secure data management for both individuals and businesses. With MAVSDK, you can use your own code on the onboard Linux computer or payload to control Astro. Additionally, Cloud APIs enable you to integrate Astro's data into your workflow.
Precise Control, Easy Integration
Freefly has developed a highly lightweight 3-axis gimbal specifically designed for Astro. This gimbal follows an open architecture approach, allowing for easy adaptation to accommodate new payloads. It incorporates a payload quick release mechanism, enabling swift camera switching, as well as a gimbal quick release feature for easy removal from Astro. Here are some of the payloads that we have planned for future integration.
|Unfolded Diameter (w/o Props)
|Unfolded Diameter (Including Props)
Motors and Propellers
|Number of Motors
|Motor Max Continuous Power Output
|Motor Max Instantaneous Peak Power Output
|Electronic Speed Controller
|Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESC
|21 x 7.0" (folding)
|Carbon Fiber Reinforced Nylon
|(2) CW and (2) CCW Props
|Flight Time (No Payload)
|Freefly Super Light Batteries (SL8-Air)
|Nominal Battery Voltage
|Weight (per battery)
|-20 to 50 C
|Redundant BMS with active cell balancing and storage mode
|overvoltage, overtemperature, over-discharge
|5-20 V, up to 60 W output
|OLED User Screen CAN - for communication to the aircraft
|Max Continous Current (10s)
|Max Peak Current (1s)
|Freefly SL8 Fast Charger
Payloads and Weight
|Maximum Gross for Takeoff
|6,665 g (conditional on altitude)
|Typical Standard Empty weight
|Vibration Isolated Gimbal Quick Release, Vibration Isolated Cheese Plate, Toad in the Hole
|Gimbaled a7R IV Mapping Camera
|Gimbal Quick Release Connections
|Power, MAVLink Communication Protocol
|Flight Controller Hardware
|Freefly Custom Designed Skynode
|Flight Controller Software
|Auterion Enterprise PX4 (custom for Astro)
|Mission Control Software
|Auterion Mission Control
|Online Fleet Management
|Manual, Altitude Hold, Position Hold, Autonomous Mission, Return to Land
|Cortex-A53 Computer, LTE
|BLE, Wifi, USB C, LTE (North America)
|L1/L2 GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo bands
|Boom tip mounted lights
|Orientation Light Color Options
|Colors can be set in software - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, off
|-20 to 50 C
|Tested to IP43
|VBAT Power Out, USB C, PWM, UART, TELEM, CAN