We are excited to offer this new integration for our customers. Skydio 2 represents a step in the direction of becoming fully autonomous. Because of the sense-and-avoid capabilities, our customers in the mining, construction, and energy spaces have found value in Skydio 2. Founded by 2 MIT students and fully assembled in the U.S., the Skydio 2 allows you to capture detailed imagery while flying at a lower altitude. Below, we look at some of Skydio 2’s key features and the real-world benefits of using this drone on your job site.
One of the standout features of the Skydio 2 is its sense-and-avoid capabilities. Sense-and-avoid allows Skydio 2 to complete low-altitude flights. After providing the drone with your objectives, Skydio 2 will decide how to get there. When there is an obstacle in the way, like a crane, for example, the drone will avoid the object and then continue on its planned flight path. While this makes flights less predictable, it saves time and resources required for manual flight.
Additionally, this drone doesn’t require any compass calibrations before flying and will acquire a GPS lock simply by flying forward, which means less time setting up and more time in the air.
In the future, Skydio plans to bring an affordable drone-in-a-box model to the market, which will allow you to take off and land without a pilot.
Benefits of Flying
Because of its sense-and-avoid capabilities, the Skydio 2 is a pro at maneuvering complex job sites. Its ability to fly close to a structure at virtually any altitude provides precise, detailed imagery back to pilots and their stakeholders. It can navigate cranes, wellheads, and utility poles with ease. Even in GPS-denied environments, Skydio 2 can fly and process data at a fraction of the cost, time, and risk taken when performed manually.
Helping our customers to fly safely and more efficiently is one of our biggest priorities. Our integration to Skydio is helping to push hardware into a direction that makes flying easy and accessible and helps our customers gather site data safely and confidently. If you’re interested in learning more about this partnership, read our article on Skydio or feel free to contact us.