Create connected drones for the enterprise

Jump-start your development process with Skynode, the fastest way to power drones with the software, payloads and workflow integrations that enterprise customers demand. By connecting you to the Auterion platform, Skynode dramatically reduces the time and cost of designing, integrating and maintaining your own hardware and software, so you can focus on developing an excellent product.

Skynode Enterprise


Enabling online-first drones

Skynode was built by the people who created and still maintain the Pixhawk industry reference standard. Rely on the trusted and proven Pixhawk autopilot while leveraging an advanced onboard hardware and software platform:

 4G connectivity with real-time data upload
Built-in ethernet, USB, WiFi
Pre-integrated camera and payload lineup
Container architecture to host your own onboard apps


Speed up your development

Skynode unifies flight controller, mission computer and networking in a compact embedded design. It runs the Auterion software platform, tested and validated by Auterion’s quality assurance engineers.


Built on an extensible framework

Skynode natively supports various cameras and payloads and comes with an extensible framework to easily add new cameras.
Furthermore our SDK allows integration of your custom functionality on board Skynode.


Enable enterprise operations

Skynode enables drones for the Enterprise. Vehicles, operations, and pilots are managed in the cloud. Third party app integrations enable complete end-to-end workflows.


Avionics designed for autonomy and connectivity


Plug and play

Everything we do is built on open standards, which means Skynode integrates smoothly into your vehicle set-up. Plug payloads, sensors and components like an FPV or depth camera directly into Skynode’s external interfaces. View analytics in the Auterion Suite and operate from the ground with Auterion Mission Control. 

Peripherals and cameras

Connect USB peripherals and cameras and leverage them in your own apps e.g. for autonomous navigation or avoidance.

ADS-B input ready

Become aware of and receive the position of air traffic by connecting an interoperable ADS-B receiver to Skynode.

GPS, ESC & more

Every required sensor – GPS, ESCs, distance, optical flow, air speed – connects directly to Skynode.

Flexible payload

Use the already integrated cameras or easily integrate your own payload via the flexible PPB interface.

Auterion Suite

LTE cloud connection enables automatic flight log analysis, predictive maintenance, fleet management and over-the-air firmware updates. 

Auterion Mission Control

Control vehicle and payload, view your drone’s live video stream and plan missions from a single powerful but easy-to-use app.

Go to market faster

With Skynode enabling the Auterion platform, you can accelerate every step of your development cycle and scale easily from your first prototype to mass production.


Start prototyping straight away with Auterion’s Skynode evaluation kit

High-volume production

Manufacture your own hardware at scale by licensing our reference design

Low-volume production

Produce vehicles quickly and easily with off-the-shelf Skynode units


Ship your final product containing hardware based on Skynode’s reference design


Connected drones work smarter

With Skynode on board, your drones are connected to the Auterion platform, so you can offer enterprise workflow integration, advanced autonomy, mission planning, live video streams, operations dashboard, flight analytics and cloud-based predictive maintenance. 

Workflow integration

Skynode is ready to integrate data on the drone, on the ground and in the cloud with your customers’ software and systems. 

Flight control

Pre-installed flight control system Auterion Enterprise PX4 powers advanced autonomy features for multicopter, fixed wing and VTOL vehicles. 

Cloud-based analytics

Automatic flight log analysis, predictive maintenance and over-the-air firmware updates via LTE, with UTM and Remote ID ready to integrate.

Payload integration

Full control of cameras and gimbals over Auterion Mission Control and real-time video-stream to the ground and the cloud over the Payload SDK.

Advanced autonomy

With the right hardware on board, Skynode enables obstacle avoidance, collision prevention, and VIO positioning out of the box.

Fast app development

Docker architecture and MAVSDK means you and your customers can quickly develop your own apps on the drone or mobile device.


Aviation-grade extensions

Skynode smoothly integrates into your vehicle setup. Sensors and other components directly plug into its external interfaces.

To enable regulatory compliance and applications for BVLOS waivers, you can extend your Skynode with the interoperable aviation-grade components from uAvioinx.

Introducing the Skynode family

Skynode comes in different models to meet the needs and standards of government, enterprise and manufacturers. More than just hardware, Skynode is also available as a reference design for you to build your own integrated version.

Skynode Enterprise

The fast-track way for manufacturers to power their drones with the software, payloads and workflow integrations that enterprise customers demand.

Skynode Government

As a US Government certified vendor, we design, assemble and support Skynode in the USA. It is fully compliant with The National Defense Authorization Act.

Learn more at

Skynode RTA

GE Aviation partnered with Auterion on a Skynode version with Run-Time Assurance (RTA) for drone operations that go beyond what Part 107 allows.

Get in touch to get updates on the development

Core board

For more design control, take Skynode’s core components and integrate them in your airframe however you choose.

Reference design

For high-volume production and total control, manufacture your own Skynode based on our reference design.

Skynode FAQ

Is Skynode in stock?

Skynode Enterprise is immediately available in the US and select countries. Skynode OEM and Skynode Gov are available for order.

What are the Skynode specs?
Download the datasheet for details around the full specs.
How much does Skynode cost?

Skynode is in stock and can be ordered here. As a first step of the order process you will get a detailed quote with pricing.

Can I run my own software on Skynode?

Skynode is compatible with Auterion Enterprise PX4 software. With the Auterion SDK, you can deploy your own apps or proprietary algorithms on Skynode’s mission computer.

How do I connect payloads to Skynode?

Payloads are connected to the Pixhawk Payload Bus (unifying USB, Ethernet, UART, CAN), a MIPI-CSI and an optional HDMI connector are available for video captures.

How do I integrate camera and gimbal controls?

There is a number of natively integrated payloads ready for you to use. The extensible framework around the Auterion payload manager also allows easy integration of new cameras. Get in touch with use if you can’t find your favorite payload on the list.

Where can I find documentation about Skynode?

Go here to access the Skynode documentation.

Is Skynode open source?

Skynode is based on open flight control standards (FMUv5x) and uses open standards for connectivity and payload control (Pixhawk Payload Bus). The Skynode hardware is Auterion’s implementation of these standards. Skynode’s reference design is available for large volume manufacturers.

Can I connect an additional mission computer to Skynode?

Different mission computers may run on board a drone in parallel to the Skynode mission computer, provided there is an adequate power supply to properly meet requirements of your use case.

Get in touch if you need early access support for the integration of the Qualcomm RB5 robotics platform or the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX.

Are drones using Skynode compliant with the final Remote ID rule (part 89)?

Yes, drones using Skynode will be compliant with the new regulations with the support for OpenDroneID, which implements ASTM F3411. Read more here.

Make your drones ready for work

Different industries demand robust drones that can perform specific tasks to the highest standard while integrating seamlessly with existing workflows. With Skynode on board, your drones get the job done.

Public safety

Skynode fully equips drones for public safety

  • Mission Control pairing for immediate take-off
  • Dual camera view for visual and thermal imagery
  • Real-time video streaming over LTE (teleoperation)
  • Remotely coordinate units in the field and teams on duty
  • Immediate pilot compliance reports with Auterion Cloud

Inspection & mapping

Skynode turns inspection drones into data capture platforms

  • Mission planning with Mission Control, including region of interest
  • Immediate pilot compliance reports with Auterion Cloud
  • Deliver images to off-site experts in real time via the cloud
  • Integrate securely into business analytics tools via API and SDK
  • Fleet monitoring with predictive maintenance

Cargo & delivery

Cargo drones deliver with Skynode

  • Flight planning with Mission Control, including rally points
  • Airspace, UTM and Remote ID integration
  • Real-time flight logs of every delivery with Auterion Cloud 
  • Fleet monitoring with predictive maintenance
  • Integrate into logistics backends with API and SDK

More about Auterion’s products for Enterprise

Auterion Mission Control

Plan, execute and analyze with a single powerful app.

Auterion Enterprise PX4

The operating system for your drone fleet.

Powered by Auterion

Connect every drone with one enterprise platform.

Get in touch with us

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