The differences between this system and its thermal counterpart and lastly, well share some test footage from a mock inspection.. So lets get started. This system is advanced, so theres a whole lot of features to unpack If youre interested in a specific feature just head to that chapter in the video.. The first feature well start with is one of our favorites.. That feature is 360 degree obstacle. Avoidance. Nearly every drone today has some form of obstacle avoidance, but from our experience testing many different systems, none has obstacle avoidance like the Skydio does.. This is why.. Most drones rely on sensors for their obstacle avoidance.. Although these sensors are incredibly advanced, they cant catch everything and usually miss out on small details like twigs and brush.. Skydio relies on a combination of 6 4k cameras surrounding the drone, each with a 200 field of vision.. These cameras report back to the drone real time images of the drones surroundings and the obstacles coming. Skydio today is best known for its incredible tracking capabilities. Using this 360 degree, vision system. Well get into the artificial intelligence that allows it to work in a second., But Skydio forms a model of the subject, its tracking and uses its movements throughout an environment to try to predict as best as it can, where the subject Will be 4 seconds in the future. Aside from just tracking functions, this type of AI gives Skydio a really good understanding of where it is in its environment at all times.

, Which is exactly how this drone can get just inches from a subject its inspecting or mapping.. Stick around to the end of this video where well be sharing test footage and data from a real mock inspection using this brand new Skydio X2 Color.. The next feature were going to talk about. Is this drones camera? This drone has a 12 megapixel camera.. This is probably the one feature were looking forward to seeing the Skydio team enhance in later models, but as youll see in our test footage later this 12 megapixel camera can definitely hold its own.. It provides enough quality on the image side to get survey grade results for inspections.. On the video side, this drone is capable of producing 4k quality footage at 60 frames per second, which is more than whats needed to make really cinematic videos.. Another video capability that were excited to test out is its 16x digital zoom.. Digital zoom has use cases as infinite as a persons creativity. Digital zoom is being used successfully today in tower inspections, emergency response situations and even ecological cases, like I dont, know, filming eagle nests. Its a really great feature to have so well be sure to test it out soon and show you the results.. The next feature set well cover together is its built in suite for night operations.. The Skydio x2 has built in strobe lighting, compliant with FAAs 3 statute. Miles visibility requirement if youre a Part 107 pilot.

. If you arent, we do have a fully online video lecture based. Part 107 course that you can check out in the description Aside from not having to pay for additional lighting. The biggest advantage of having strobes built in is the fact that you dont have to attach additional hardware to the outer surface of the drone.. Most strobes are compact, lightweight and hardly noticeable, but the last thing any drone pilot wants is for something like a strobe to become dislodged in flight and cause a crash. With the Skydio X2. You dont have to worry about this at all, because everythings built in., This strobe is even more advanced than most strobes on the market because it can flash in either visual modes that our eyes can see or infrared strobing to be picked up by night vision. Only. Skydio does not solely rely on its 360 degree vision for flight.. It also has GPS navigation, which it relies on for night. Operations. Youll want to know that when GPS flight is enabled at night like this obstacle avoidance will be turned. Off. Dont be too worried about a lack of obstacle avoidance at night. This is the same case for all consumer and enterprise drones on the market today. Without light, both sensors and vision systems have a tough time distinguishing objects from their dark surroundings.. Overall, the night features are appealing for a lot of different industries from commercial to defense.. Let us know in the comments below, if youd like to see us perform some night tests with the X2.

The next feature set well cover is wireless range, Although Beyond Visual Line Of Sight operations, arent very common now, one day they will be.. This will naturally happen as drones are further integrated in the national airspace system.. Although very few people can keep a drone in sight up to 6 kilometers without using a visual aid, its really exciting, to see the range of these drones grow further and further. According to Skydio, when using the 5 gigahertz frequency to send information from the controller to The drone a pilot can fly this drone up to 6 kilometers away.. We wont dive too deep into discussing radio frequencies cause it can be a complicated topic., But just so you know, 5 gigahertz frequencies have a few limitations that all drones, face.. One of these limitations is the inability for frequencies to pass through solid objects., This a large part of the reason, Beyond line of sight operations, arent common yet. Under normal situations. When that connection gets severed, it cant be regained. With the Skydio. It can lose gps connection and continue operating with its reliable, its 360 degree vision systems.. Another big perk of this is Skydio. Drone can work in something called GPS denied, environments. Heavy metal structures like Bridges, towers, dams. You know all the things youd want to inspect interfere with the frequency that connects your drone and the controller. Well talk about this more in a bit, but a big benefit of the Skydio color is a dual redundancy system that safeguards you from losing connection.

. If you do, you can just fly back without GPS, relying on their vision system.. Before we do any tests, weve got a few more features to cover that we thought were important and youd like to know including upgraded flight time.. The Skydio X2 gives pilots a flight time of 30 35 minutes. This is a huge upgrade from Skydio 2s flight time of 20 23 minutes.. This extended battery life really does help when performing inspections.. You can get a lot more done in an additional 10 15 minutes. In the air, Along with the new batteries, Skydio created their own enterprise. Controller. Everything is built into this one package. You dont need to attach any phone or tablet. DJI has their apps like DJI GO 4 and DJI FLY.. The Skydio X2 Likewise operates with Skydio Enterprise. App., This app can provide data encryption on sensitive projects where you dont want anyone to potentially have access to what youve captured. Another benefit of this Enterprise controller is newly added dual redundancy features that we mentioned earlier.. All this means is in the controller, the same processes and calculations for flight are duplicated. One is running the show and the other happens behind the scenes.. This way. If the primary system fails, the drone can switch to the second system without missing a beat.. It adds an additional layer of safety in case for some unexpected reason. Things go South.. The last feature well talk about before performing our mock inspection.

Flight test is everyones, favorite, Artificial Intelligence. Just like the radio frequencies. We wont dive too deep into this topic, because its pretty complicated But well share with you. What you need to know. Artificial intelligence is expanding rapidly in capability people use AI to automate processes. That would take too much time or be too complicated for a person to do. Manually. Skydios AI shines in two major areas: one Object tracking two 3d scanning and inspection. For object. Tracking, like we mentioned earlier, Skydio uses its AI to learn everything it can about the size, shape and movement patterns of the subject, its tracking to try and plan where itll be 4 seconds in the future. Theres. Some really complex math running behind the scenes that allows this to happen, but it all stems from Skydios, 360 degree vision system.. The X2 takes the data, it gets from 6 4k quality fisheye lenses and meshes it together in real time.. The drone can use this data to get an automatically updating 3d understanding of where it is in the world and whats changing around it.. The other place. Ai shines for Skydio is mapping and surveying especially odd shaped 3d structures like dams cell towers, and I dont know the back of a rocket insert video clips from Skydio mapping rocket. Rather than just talk about. It were going to show you how 3d scan works with a mock. Inspection.. Well, show you how these missions are set up, a few tips on running them safely and well see what the data looks like afterward together.

, So lets get to. It Were on site. Now This is how Skydio X2 3d scanning works at a high level. First were going to get the drone set up on site. Today well be inspecting the windmill you see here Were planning to scan some more 3d structures over the next couple of days. So let us know in the comments below what youd like to see. Scanned. The process for inspections works a little different depending on the type of structure, youre inspecting, for example, a roof vs. a windmill, but at their core. Both inspections are set up in the same way. After weve set up. The drone on site were going to tell the drone what we want it to capture.. We do this by outlining the boundaries of our structure.. This gives Skydio X2 its confines to work in.. Next, the drone will take off and form a 3d model of the structure through a process called exploration.. During this process, the X2 will explore the structure and build as accurate of a 3d model as it can Using this rough draft model. The X2s AI system is going to preplan the photo angles and shots that need to take place.. The last step before taking off on a mission is to set a few parameters that we want from the scan.. Gsd is ground sampling distance, which is just the distance between pixels, measured on the ground. This measure tells us how accurate the images will be.

. The next measure is overlap. Overlap will allow images to be stitched together to create the model afterward. Higher degrees of overlap. Like 75 and above are usually recommended for drone inspections. One weve set these variables. Skydio will be off to the races It will display for us real time how many images will be captured and how long the flight will take.. We just have to sit back, watch the skies and let the X2 do its thing now. If we need to change batteries during the mission, we can have the X2 return to us and land on its case.. Before we replace the battery, we can take out or phone and check our images in the Skydio Enterprise app to make sure everything looks to standard. After we replace the battery itll go right back to where it was and continue scanning. So the X2s done with its scan. Now That was impressive, But now its time to see how the data came. Out. We can upload the data we got to any of the major photogrammetry platforms like Bentley Context, Capture, Drone, Deploy or Reality Capture. To make our 3d model were going to use Bentley Context Capture As soon as weve processed the model. Well, bring you back in to check the results, So weve processed the data and compiled it together into a final product.. In total, our 3d scan was made up of a little over 400 images Beyond the quality which well get into in just a moment.

Another thing that made this mission impressive is where it occurred., As you can tell from the video this welcome structure, sits in the middle of a roundabout.. The only reason this mission was possible is due to the standoff distances. The x2 is able to achieve.. What do we mean by that? Well, the X2 color is able to fly just feet from the structures its inspecting. Thanks to that awesome, AI governed obstacle avoidance. We talked about earlier.. If we were using a drone from any other company, it would likely require us to get too close to traffic or the telephone pole wires that bordered the entire roundabout.. In addition to being close to the structure, the pillars ceiling and floor, we set up in pre planning the mission served as a geofence that the drone wont stray from assuring safety for ourselves and any passing vehicles.. We thought this was really impressive and wanted to share it with you. First before taking a deeper dive into the 3d model, weve created from the images., So lets go check that model out now, As you can see, the model is pretty impressive. We want you guys to have a chance to move around the environment and see what we see so were going to work on, adding this data to a shareable link in the description in the next few days.. But as we can tell, the detail is incredible.. Like we mentioned, we flew just a few feet from the structure during this mission, and this allowed us to capture fine details like text on the side of the security camera and even texture and tones in the wood planks.

Here.. This mission took a little under 15 minutes to capture and gave us model that we can use to take accurate measurements.. In terms of this welcome sign, we wont be too concerned with any cracks in the structure, if anything, theyd probably add a little character. Lol. The benefit having accurate models where you can easily detect and measure deformities becomes a lot more critical when you use this drone to inspect infrastructure, like bridges, towers, dams and more Well test out plenty more structures over the coming days. But the point of this test was to show that nearly any 3d structure can be mapped and produce a deliverable with great detail and precision. If theres any structure in particular that youd like to see us map. Just let us know in the comments below Happy flying.