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Freefly Astro (Base Kit)

SKU: FRE.950-00108
Email us at sales@spheredrones.com.au or call us on 1800 119 111 to purchase this product.

Astro helps you do your best work.

Freefly’s latest commercial drone platform with RTK, 60-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.

  • Cinema
  • Inspection
  • First Responder
  • Mapping

There is fast, and Freefly Fast

Freefly loves to go fast, and we love to make our tools a joy to use. Astro is fast and fun.

World’s toughest drones

10 hours of Environmental Tests

Water ingress, Dust Ingress, Cold test, Hot Test

10 hours of Structural Tests

Chassis loading, hinge structural, prop adapter, blade imbalance, handle structural, landing gear load

30 hours of Material Tests

Carbon yield test, Aluminum fatigue tests, Plastic high / low temp test, plastic deformation test

50 hours of Electrical Tests

Skynode Test, IMU test, LTE Modem test, Short Circuit Test, Overvoltage Test, Over current Test, RF test

500 hours of Flying Tests

Software validation test, 500 hour flight test, rate mode test, high speed test, full power test, dingbat test, agressive manuevers test

30 hours of Control Tests

RTK test, FRX Pro test, Herelink test, Futaba test, Crossfire test, PMDDL test

75 hours of Payload Tests

FLIR test, Worksell Wiris Test, A7R4 test, Nextvision Colibri test, Lidar test, Package delivery test

30 hours of Software Tests

Software validation test, app test, ground station test, ecosystem tests

Skynode, Mission Control, & the Suite

A custom version of Skynode powers each Astro. Skynode includes LTE connectivity, onboard linux mission computer, and seamless connectivity to Auterion Mission Control and the Auterion Suite.

The Auterion software platform provides tools for planning, flight, and compliance with robust and secure data management for individuals and enterprise. MAVSDK allows your code in the onboard linux computer or the payload to command Astro. Cloud APIs allow you to bring data from Astro into your workflow.

Enterprise developers can leverage the Auterion Air, Ground, and Cloud SDK, built around the MAVSDK to process data captured by Astro and integrate it in their own workflows.

The mission computer on board Astro provides compute power for real-time data processing. The LTE module brings Astro online and delivers results directly to your cloud.

Designed, built, flown, crashed, fixed, tested, assembled, supported in Woodinville, WA

Training

At your HQ or ours, we’ll teach you best practices and how we operate to ensure the best chance at success.

Support Team

Realtime and expert help from our US-based support team.

Spare Parts

We stock all important spare parts to keep you up and running. Customers can order directly from our webstore 24 hours a day and in-stock parts will ship same or next business day.

Documentation

We pay attention to what our customers are asking and make it all available for users on our website. No “email for more info” or “our rep will contact you for details”. We value efficiency and transparency.

Partners

We partner with top companies to offer more valuable and integrated packages.

Predicative Maintenance & Real Time Aircraft Monitoring

With the optional industrial package, users can have Freefly support and Auterion’s predictive maintenance suite monitoring your Astro live and alerting you to any potential issues before they become real problems. Replace parts as needed, not as planned.

Engineering Team

From custom integrations to advice on adapting your payload to an Astro, our Engineering team is available and eager to help.

Freefly RTK

Astro is equipped with our multi-band RTK system with centimetre level precision. Using the latest GNSS module from u-blox (F9P) our RTK will give you rock solid height and position hold.

Long flight times + intelligent monitoring

Astro batteries come in two sizes and feature the latest 2170 round cell lithium ion batteries. These cells combine high energy density with incredible cycle life. Freefly guarantees at least 500 cycles on our SL series batteries.

The SL series batteries feature an OLED screen that reports key data to the user and communicate with Astro via our open CAN battery protocol so you can track battery health and usage fleetwide.

Precise Control, Easy Integration

Freefly designed an ultra-lightweight 3-axis gimbal to go with Astro that is open architecture so we can adapt to new payloads. The gimbal features a payload quick release so you can quickly switch cameras and a gimbal quick release so you can quickly remove from Astro.

  • Wiris Pro
  • Sony A7R4
  • Flir Duo Pro R
  • Custom Payloads

Training

The team at Freefly can teach you all our best tricks for maximizing productivity with drones. We offer customized training packages that will help operators get the job done reliably. Full details coming soon!

Astro is Freefly’s compact industrial drone platform.

Freefly understands the need for quality tools. For more than 10 years Freefly aircraft have carried cinema cameras for Hollywood and high-end productions around the world. It carries valuable payloads in high-pressure situations. We also understand the need for flexibility. Astro’s interface specs are open, making it a flexible and reliable tool to get your new ideas in the air.

The base kit includes Astro, Herelink controller, one set of batteries, chargers, and everything else you need, all packed in a hard case.

  • Pilot skill with Manual Mode is required for Emergency Procedures
  • Uses two Freefly SL8-Air batteries per flight (one pair included with Base Kit)
  • Works with RTK GPS Ground Station
  • This kit does not include a payload (e.g. gimbal/camera)
  • LTE modem works in the United States
  • Astros will be shipped in order reservations were received
  • Qty 1 Travel Case with custom insert, packed with:
    • Qty 1 - Astro (with landing gear and props)
    • Qty 2 - SL8 Fast Chargers
    • Qty 1 - Herelink Controller
    • Qty 2 - Herelink Controller Freefly custom sticks
    • Qty 1 - Vibration Isolated Cheese Plate
    • Qty 1 each - Hex drivers, 1.5 mm, 2 mm, 2.5 mm
    • Qty 4 - Proptectors
    • Spare parts
      • Qty 1 - Extra Proptector
      • Qty 4 - Spare isolators
      • Qty 2 - OEM Herelink controller sticks
      • Qty 2 - Rubber hole grommet
      • Qty 1 - Herelink charging cable
  • Qty 2 - SL8-Air Batteries (ships in separate box from Freefly and is a separate line on the invoice/order)
  • Astro
    • Up to 37 minutes flight time
    • 1500 grams max payload 
    • Booms fold up to ½ the diameter
    • Vibration isolated payload attachment
    • Additional specs in the
  • Travel Case
    • Holds everything included with the Base Kit
    • Removable battery tray holds up to 6 Freefly SuperLight batteries
    • Custom cut foam, tested to protect against drops from 1 meter
    • Submersible and dust tight (MIL-STD 810G)
    • Airline checkable
  • Controller & Video Transmitter
    • Herelink
  • Batteries
    • SL8-Air Batteries
    • Astro uses two SL8-Air batteries per flight, two batteries included in Base Kit
    • Voltage: 21.6 V (6S)
    • Capacity: 7.3 Ah, 157 Wh
    • Weight: 2.25lbs
    • Chemistry: Lithium-Ion
    • Auxiliary output: USB-C Power Delivery 
  • Chargers
    • SL8 Fast Charger
    • One charger charges one Freefly SL8-Air battery at a time, two included in Base Kit
    • Approximate charge time for one SL8-Air battery, from 0%: 90 mins
    • Input: 100 / 240 VAC
    • Output: 200 Watts
    • Supplied with North America power cable (NEMA 1-15 ungrounded, Type A). 
      • Power cable is replaceable (IEC320 connector). 
  • Designed and Assembled in USA.

How Long Does Postage Take?

  1. You place an order.
  2. Processing time (1-2 business days) [This can sometimes be longer, depending on product availability].
  3. Shipping time 1-6 business days depending on your location.
  4. Package arrives at your door.

Most times of the year, we will ship your order within 2-5 business days from the time you placed it. During busy seasons it can take longer, and shipping time estimates will be slightly longer. Domestic hipping generally takes about 1-6 business days after your order is created, processed, and shipped within Australia. International shipping generally takes 7-14 business days. We ship all of our packages out of Australia and exact shipping time is based on your proximity to our location.

Do You Ship Worldwide?

Yes! We ship to most countries in the world. Packages shipped to international addresses generally take 7-14 business days to arrive after your order is processed. Note that often orders will be passed to and delivered by your country's local post office. We ship from Australia. For more information about the locations, we ship to, please contact us on +61293180566 or email us info@spheredrones.com.au.

What Carriers Do You Use?

Here at Sphere Drones, we use a number of shipping carriers depending on the nature of the order. Below is a list of carriers we currently use and the shipping options.

Residential Options:

  • Free Shipping on orders $499.01+
  • $10 Flat Rate Shipping on orders below $199
  • $15 Flat Rate Shipping on orders above $199.01 and below $499
  • Australia Post Express Post
  • Australia Post Parcel Post
  • DHL Express

Commercial Options:

  • Free Shipping on orders $499.01+
  • $10 Flat Rate Shipping on orders below $199
  • $15 Flat Rate Shipping on orders above $199.01 and below $499
  • Australia Post Express Post
  • Australia Post Parcel Post
  • DHL Express
  • TNT Overnight Express
  • TNT Road Express

Pickup Options:

  • Warehouse Pickup (Sydney Only)

We also use FEDEX, TNT and DHL to service our international clients. For more information on shipping and handling, please contact us on 1800 549 821 or email us info@spheredrones.com.au.

Talk to us about Freefly Astro (Base Kit)

For inquiries or more information, please fill out the form below, and our team will contact you as soon as we can.

Talk to us about Freefly Astro (Base Kit)

For inquiries or more information, please fill out the form below, and our team will contact you as soon as we can.