Skyfront Delivers Autonomous Long-Range Terrain-Following Drones to Clients Worldwide

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Equipped with the best ground-penetrating radars and airborne magnetometers, Skyfront Perimeter 8 drones perform active terrain-following in extreme conditions 

Skyfront, a leading manufacturer of long-endurance hybrid hybrid-electric drones, now offers autonomous terrain-follow capabilities in the most rugged environments. 

The Skyfront system integrates active RADAR terrain sensing and UgCS mission planning software to safely fly for hours as low as two metres above ground. Skyfront’s Perimeter 8, which holds the world record for a multirotor drone flight time, uses an eight rotor system to perform missions rivalling even the most advanced manned helicopters. Skyfront can fly for hours with sensor payloads, including specialised magnetometers and other remote sensing technologies that weigh upwards of 17 pounds. When combined with the drone’s ability to fly in close proximity to the ground, Skyfront UAVs are ready and able to detect improvised explosive devices (IED), conduct resource exploration, discover unexploded ordnance, and find oil wellheads worldwide.  

Using active RADAR sensors from the company Ainstein, Skyfront unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) respond to the terrain by automatically calculating and adjusting flight altitude based on a continuous stream of incoming measurements. The system can operate in hot temperatures and over water—when and where traditional LiDAR-based terrain sensors typically fail. Combined with UgCS mission planning software, Skyfront drones visualise complex trajectories in rugged terrain before takeoff and course-correct in real-time. Integrated into the Skyfront platform—propelled by the company’s hybrid-electric powertrain—the UAV can fly close to steep hills for hours and cover hundreds of acres in a single flight.

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“Skyfront’s vision is to create the ultimate high endurance drone platform that enables real industrial work in the most challenging terrain,” said Skyfront CEO and founder Troy Mestler. “We build powerful UAVs that integrate the latest, most sophisticated sensors and perform missions only previously achievable with manned helicopters. Ainstein and UgCS bring unique capabilities to our solution, while partnerships with companies like Geometrics provide access to state-of-the-art ground penetrating payloads.”

“We created the MagArrow to offer the best-in-class airborne magnetometer,” said Stefan Burns, Sr. Geophysicist and Digital Marketing Project Lead at Geometrics. “When we designed our magnetometer, we needed a partner that fully shared our vision. Skyfront’s cutting-edge technology provides maximum endurance, which amplifies the number of applications for our sensor and allows users to fully utilise its extreme capabilities.” 

The Skyfront Perimeter 8 UAS with terrain-following is currently used by aerial analytics companies, civil engineering firms, international universities, and soon by a state department of transportation. 

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