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Apr 03, 2017, 05:35 AM
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New Product

Sky Drone Link - Video transmission for cameras with HDMI interfaces over 4G/LTE


We have just released our new product Sky Drone Link.

Sky Drone Link is a video transmission system for drones to get a low latency video link from a HDMI enabled camera over the 4G/LTE network to your ground station.

This will give you a 1080p HD link from your DSLR or any other camera with HDMI output over an unlimited distance.

Besides the video link, the system also forwards a generic bidirectional serial link that can be used for telemetry, gimbal control or flight control.

For more information check out https://www.skydrone.aero/products/sky-drone-link
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Apr 03, 2017, 11:17 AM
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While this looks like a cool solution. What does this offer over a Pi and a usb modem?
Apr 03, 2017, 07:40 PM
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You can certainly build your own DIY solution. But not everybody has the expertise or the time for that. If you want HDMI input it gets a bit more tricky as well. The Raspberry Pi only provides HDMI output.
Apr 07, 2017, 05:14 AM
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No offense Skydrone but this is way too expensive over something like a Raspberry Pi/Udroid and a LTE USB Modem. Also figuring out Mavlink, Gstreamer, UDP punching and running a VPN or setting up a static IP address server is not that hard. Maybe not everyone can and they will want to buy a product like you are offering, but for most people here this is hard to swallow at the price you are asking.

This product would be a lot more attractive at a 300-500$ Price point.

I run an AT&T USB modem through an Intel Edison running Debian. Gstreamer, and Mavlink. Verizon has Linux drivers as well. And apart from setting up a static IP for your groundstation, it was not really that hard to do. Sure having to handle a little logic on disconnects and sending out keep alive dummy packets for the NAT to keep working is an annoyance depending on your carriers temperament for the day, it's not anything past basic networking.

I think most people don't run LTE on their drones because of the cost, not the technical hurdles. Its a niche to add your drone to your cellular data plan like you would add a tablet. Not everyone is willing to spend that money.

If you offer them a package to easily do it for a reasonable price, maybe you can lure more people into it.

ill do it for 300$ if anyone is interested.
Last edited by Implement; Apr 07, 2017 at 05:27 AM.
Apr 07, 2017, 07:44 AM
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Fair enough, but we do not aim to compete with DIY solutions. This is posted in the "Commercial UAV/FPV" group as there are people who want a reliable out-of-the-box solution.

We also have some advanced features including:
- full end-to-end encryption
- dynamic reaction to cellular bandwidth changes to always guarantee a smooth video
- direct peer to peer connection; no public IP or VPN required
Apr 20, 2017, 11:22 PM
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FYI, if you do not need HDMI input but an integrated camera - our "Sky Drone FPV 2" system is now available for USD 299.- https://www.skydrone.aero/products/sky-drone-fpv
May 04, 2017, 05:35 AM
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For more information on LTE for drone use, Quallcomm just released a detailed 65 page report: https://www.qualcomm.com/documents/l...s-trial-report
Jun 09, 2017, 10:41 PM
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We just released a new beta version of our client software that supports Ricoh Theta 360 Video dewarping. This allows full 360 degree low latency video with Sky Drone Link:
Ricoh Theta S - Low Latency 360° Video over LTE using Sky Drone Link (0 min 47 sec)


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