Unmanned Aerial Systems

Smart Radio - Lowest SWaP Mesh Datalink

The UAS industry is building advanced drones that require highly reliable, low latency, and high speed connectivity while on the move. Smart Radio with Mesh Rider can send C&C + HD video on a single data-link from a flyer. Our customers have achieved more than 100 Km range even with a small 3 dBi antenna on the flyer. Mesh Rider, our proprietary MANET, is pushing the envelope on swarming capabilities. For more details, visit the Smart Radio home page. 

Doodle Labs UAS Datalink Solution

Doodle Labs has worked with many customers and industry partners to develop a best-in-class UAS radio platform. As a testament, the United States DoD and Defense Innovation Unit have chosen the Doodle Labs Smart Radio as the primary radio vendor for the Blue UAS ecosystem. Additionally, the U.S. Air Force has provided sponsorship to further develop advanced features into the Smart Radio platform. 

Long-Range and High Throughput

throughput diagram

The Smart Radios are able to meet the various data speed and distance requirements. The mobile assets will always stay connected with field-tested aerial data links up to 116 kilometers. Even at 10 km, the Smart Radio can support streaming of crystal clear 4K surveillance video from a drone and even multiple video streams can be multi-cast to several ground based control stations.

C4ISR on an Ultra-Reliable Datalink

a diagram of a military member and drones

The Smart Radio’s mesh provides multi-hop relay for performing C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) over a very long range. The data aware PHY and MAC provide the most reliable and low-latency URLLC for sensitive Command and Control data. Additionally, it optimizes the radio link to carry crystal clear 4K and HD video streaming over long range. The distance based Automatic Transmit Power Control (ATPC) technology conserves battery power to extend the mission time.


All UAS need small size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C). Flight times are directly correlated to the size and weight of the flyer. Smart Radios are available in multiple form factors and are as light as just 25 grams. 

Low Latency C&C, Video, Telemetry

A primary use case for the drones is to stream live video back to the Ground Control Station. The Mesh Rider’s Ultra Reliable Low Latency Channel (URLLC) provides reliability and low latency as low as 3-30 ms while simultaneously carrying HD Video. The video can be multi-cast to multiple GCS for simultaneous viewing.

Frequency Flex

The hybrid SDR technology enables a large family of form factor compatible Smart Radio models in 100 MHz to 7 GHz license free and government frequency bands. Simply swap out the radio based on the end-customer or country requirements. Doodle Labs has developed hex band Smart Radios to meet hassle free global deployments.



As UAS become more advanced, onboard Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a significant role. Doodle Labs has seamlessly integrated the Smart Radio with the leading AI engines from Jetson and Qualcomm.

Remote ID

As per the latest FAA directive, all drones manufactured after Q3 2022 must broadcast their identification. Doodle Labs is one of the pioneers to integrate this capability in the Smart Radio, thus removing the burden of extra components on the drones. 


The multi-hop relay capabilities of the Smart Radios extend the operating range. One of our customers has successfully demonstrated up to 11 hops with video transmission. The self-forming and self-healing mesh simplifies drone swarming. 

Smart Radio for Flyers

The OEM-mini form factor of the Smart Radio is for an extreme space and weight constrained UAS. It weighs only 25 grams.

The Embedded form factor is to simplify the radio integration. It is about the size of half a deck of cards and weighs only 70 grams.

Smart Radio for GCS

The Wearable Smart Radio is ideal for portable Ground Control Stations. It provides a WiFi hot spot for un-tethered operation of the GCS devices.

Fully Integrated into the Ecosystem

Doodle Labs is focused on making the Smart Radio platform easy to integrate with many UAS components. We are actively working with our industry partners and collaborators to extend the platform’s capabilities. Smart Radio has been integration tested with various Flight Controllers, QGroundControl, MAVLINK and many other components. This versatility ensures that our customers can quickly develop advanced UAS.

The Smart Radios’ Mesh Rider OS is built on top of a feature rich OpenWrt Linux. This opens up a world of possibilities for users to install their own software and further extend the functionality.

Case Studies

Elroy Air moves autonomous drone delivery forward

Swarms of tree-planting drones save forests

Paramount achieves 116 km link during a test flight
Kitty Hawk flies to the future with the Smart Radio

Technical Resources

Technical Library

Doodle Labs provides an extensive set of documents and technical support to simplify the Smart Radio integration.

The library has Datasheets, Design In Documents, Regulatory Certifications, and the latest versions of the Mesh Rider OS software.

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