Skydio has unveiled its latest drone model, the Skydio X10, targeted towards first responders, infrastructure operators, and both US and allied military forces globally. This new drone model encapsulates a decade's worth of insights and the delivery of 40,000 drones to over 1,500 enterprise and government organizations.
Key details and features of the Skydio X10 include:
Design and Usability
The X10 has been crafted with detailed attention to the needs of professional users in challenging situations. It can be deployed from a backpack to airborne status within 40 seconds.
Advanced Technology and Capabilities
The drone comes equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and is supported by artificial intelligence-driven autonomy, which has witnessed advancements due to significant increases in onboard compute power and navigation camera resolution. Notably, the drone can operate in zero-light conditions with its NightSense feature, has onboard 5G for remote control, and provides capabilities for one operator to control multiple drones.
The X10 drone can respond to emergency situations, such as 911 calls, offering aerial support in real-time. Its military version, X10D, is equipped with jamming-resistant radio technology and can operate autonomously without relying on GPS. For infrastructure, the X10 can detect detailed anomalies, such as minor cracks in concrete structures or issues in solar cells via thermal inspection.
US-based Manufacturing and Security
Skydio emphasized its commitment to US manufacturing, producing the X10 at its facility in Hayward, California. This move addresses growing concerns over depending on foreign-made drone systems and offers organizations an enhancement in both capability and security.
Moreover, Skydio announced its new offering, Skydio Extend—a set of tools and integrations to make Skydio more adaptable and offer complete solutions for clients. They've formed collaborations with companies including Axon, ESRI, and Trimble.
Ukraine's recent defense efforts against Russia highlighted the importance of drones in modern warfare, especially when faced with challenges like GPS and radio link jamming. Skydio believes that their new X10 drone can play a pivotal role in such scenarios.
While the company acknowledges that there's always room for improvement, they are optimistic about the X10's potential to make a significant impact in various sectors. The focus remains on the drone's application and the real-world difference it can make for its users.