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Freefly Systems Astro
Freefly Systems Astro
Freefly Systems Astro

    Freefly Systems Astro

    ASTRO UAV banner

    Do Your Best Work With Astro

    Freefly’s latest commercial drone platform with RTK, 61 megapixel Sony camera, LTE cloud connectivity, mission computer and more. Astro is backed by the team at Freefly with 100,000+ successful commercial drone flights.

    Every Astro Base consists of an Astro unit equipped with props and folding landing gear, a Herelink controller, and a spare parts kit. These components are securely packed in a durable case. Please note that to enable flight, the Astro requires 2 SL8 Batteries and SL8 Chargers, which are not included in this package. They must be acquired separately.


    Max Payload

    37 min

    Flight Time

    -20C to 50C

    Operating Temperature


    Max RPM

    World’s Toughest Drones. Built in The USA

    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.

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    Skynode, Mission Control & The Suite

    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.


    Integrated Gimbal

    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) 917 mm
    Unfolded Diameter (Including Props) 1407 mm
    Unfolded Height 359 mm
    Folded Diameter 508 mm
    Folded Height 178 mm


    Motors and Propellers

    Powerplant Freefly F45
    Number of Motors 4
    Motor Max Continuous Power Output 350 W
    Motor Max Instantaneous Peak Power Output 600 W
    Equivalent Kv 420 Kv
    Electronic Speed Controller Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESC
    Max RPM 3500 RPM
    Propellers 21 x 7.0" (folding)
    Material Carbon Fiber Reinforced Nylon
    Propeller Orientation (2) CW and (2) CCW Props
    Flight Time (No Payload) 38 min



    Type Freefly Super Light Batteries (SL8-Air)
    Cells 6S
    Nominal Battery Voltage 21.6V
    Capacity (SL8-Air) 157Wh
    Weight (per battery) 1035 g
    Operating Temp -20 to 50 C
    BMS Redundant BMS with active cell balancing and storage mode
    Safety Protections overvoltage, overtemperature, over-discharge
    USB-C PD 5-20 V, up to 60 W output
    Communication OLED User Screen CAN - for communication to the aircraft
    Max Continous Current (10s) 80 A
    Max Peak Current (1s) 120 A
    Cell Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    Charger Freefly SL8 Fast Charger

    Payloads and Weight

    Maximum Gross for Takeoff 6,665 g (conditional on altitude)
    Maximum Payload 1,500 g
    Typical Standard Empty weight 3,095 g
    Payload Mounts Vibration Isolated Gimbal Quick Release, Vibration Isolated Cheese Plate, Toad in the Hole
    Integrated Payloads Gimbaled a7R IV Mapping Camera
    Gimbal Quick Release Connections Power, MAVLink Communication Protocol

    Flight Controller

    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 Auterion Suite
    Flight Modes Manual, Altitude Hold, Position Hold, Autonomous Mission, Return to Land
    Onboard Modules Cortex-A53 Computer, LTE
    Connectivity BLE, Wifi, USB C, LTE (North America)
    Supported Radios Herelink
    Supported GNSS L1/L2 GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo bands


    Orientation Lights Boom tip mounted lights
    Orientation Light Color Options Colors can be set in software - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, off
    Operating Temperatures -20 to 50 C
    Ingress Protection Tested to IP43