Skydio reveals new drone and secures £80m from latest funding round

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Drone company Skydio has made a series of announcements, including the release of its new X2 drone family and the raising of $100 million (£79.8 million) in its latest funding round.

This brings the company’s investment total to $170 million (£135.7 million).

Meanwhile, the Skydio X2 family of drones is designed for both commercial and military uses.

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A statement from the company said it “pairs breakthrough autonomy software with a ruggedised airframe with folding arms for easy ‘pack and go’ transportation, a thermal camera, and up to 35 minutes of flight time”.

It is equipped with six 4k navigation cameras for 360-degree obstacle avoidance and a dual sensor payload that includes 12MP color and 320×256 LWIR sensors.

It is also manufactured in the US, and is positioning itself as an alternative to DJI products.

Initially it will come in two versions: the X2D for short-range reconnaissance for military purposes; and the X2E for enterprises, first responders, and civilian agencies.

The latter is capable of inspection of infrastructure such as buildings, bridges, power plants, power stations and railyards.

The X2 products will be available in Q4 2020.

Lastly, the company also announced several new software solutions that simplify inspections and situational awareness workflows.

These include Skydio Autonomy Enterprise Foundation, Skydio 3D Scan, and Skydio House Scan.

See Skydio’s video reveal of the X2 below:

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