An important announcement from the US drone manufacturer Skydio introduces the Skydio Cloud: The eagerly awaited X2 is now being delivered.
Skydio X2 shipping now
“Skydio, the leading US drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight technology, announced today that Skydio X2 drones with dual-color / thermal sensors are now shipping to defense, public sector and corporate customers,” the announcement said . “A new X2 configuration with a single wide-angle color camera for close-up inspections is now available for pre-order.”
In the past two years, Skydio has received record funding – and the company has tried to expand its manufacturing capabilities in the US despite the pandemic. With the announcement that the X2 is shipping, Skydio is poised to quickly gain market share, especially in the public safety space. “In just three months since announcing pre-order availability, Skydio has seen demand for X2 spikes approaching 1,000 systems reserved for defense, federal and state agencies, law enforcement and fire departments, construction, engineering and transportation companies are “, it says in the announcement. “In addition, the US Army selected the Skydio X2 for final integration into the Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) program.”
Combining unparalleled ease of use and obstacle avoidance with a portable, lightweight, yet rugged airframe, the Skydio X2 is quickly becoming the solution of choice for a wide variety of missions including reconnaissance, search and rescue, security patrol, situational awareness, asset inspection, scene reconstruction and Small area measurement.
Skydio’s X2 drones are available in two versions: X2E for business and public safety and X2D for government customers. (The X2D version, which was developed with US federal agencies, is a Blue SUAS solution.) The X2 is based on Skydio’s renowned automation machine and was awarded the prize for the best innovation 2021 at this year’s CES exhibition.
In addition to X2, Skydio has also started delivering the new Skydio Enterprise Controller and the Skydio Autonomy Enterprise Foundation for X2. Skydio X2 starts at $ 10,999 with the Skydio Enterprise Controller and accessories.
Introduction to Skydio Cloud
The company also launched Skydio Cloud, a suite of advanced cloud services and APIs. Seamless integration with cloud services is a critical element in enterprise drone programs. However, Skydio emphasizes that the data is stored securely in the USA
Skydio Cloud enables a new paradigm of autonomous flight operations by making Skydio’s industry-leading autonomous drones seamlessly and securely internet-connected devices with powerful cloud services. Skydio Cloud enables data to flow through the company thanks to a suite of robust APIs that enable direct integration with corporate business systems for end-to-end flight operations management, data analysis and security compliance.
Skydio Cloud runs on AWS – US Region’s cloud infrastructure, which ensures that data sent to the cloud never leaves the US, and includes the following services:
Skydio Fleet Manager (available with limited early access) for network management for distributed drone operations
Skydio Media Sync (available with limited early access) for seamlessly uploading and managing flight media
Skydio Streaming (coming soon) for real-time aerial video information from any browser or mobile device
Skydio Remote Ops (coming soon) for groundbreaking teleoperation with AI-assisted obstacle avoidance from Skydio Autonomy
“Skydio Cloud unlocks the power of drones for organizational use on a large scale. It provides a foundation for networked flight operations, tight integration between hardware and cloud-based software, and opens up a broad ecosystem of new partner solutions via an open API, ”said Mike Ross, Senior Director for Product Management at Skydio. “Bridging the hardware-software gap in the drone industry truly connects our flight operations to a platform that enables users to quickly collect the data they need, search it effectively, and easily share it across the enterprise.”
Customers who accessed the X2 and the Skydio Cloud at an early stage are enthusiastic about the solution.
“Since our endeavors began in 2014, drones have become an important part of our operations. Using Skydio’s autonomous flight capabilities is an essential part of safe deployment. The combination of autonomy with two-tone / thermal sensor, longer flight time and extended radio range of the Skydio X2 will help us perform air inspections more efficiently and in greater detail than ever before, “said Todd Graetz, Director, RPA / UAS, BNSF Railway. “We also tested Skydio Cloud as part of the early access program and are excited about the prospect of managing our vehicles, closely tracking our usage metrics and operating our distributed fleet.”
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