Skydio’s Advanced Drone Development for US Army’s RQ-28A Replacement

Entering the Final Phase

, the -based drone developer, has reached the final phase of the 's Short Range Reconnaissance Tranche 2 initiative.

This significant advancement is part of a program initiated in 2021 to replace the RQ-28A vertical takeoff and landing quadcopters with cutting-edge technology.

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Skydio's X10-D: A Technological Leap

The central focus of this initiative is the development of the Skydio X10-D, a small unmanned aerial system.

This system integrates FLIR's Boson thermal camera device, enabling superior imaging quality and accurate radiometric readings, both during the day and at night.

The X10-D's design adheres to stringent federal standards, including the Robotics and Autonomous Systems – Air Interoperability Profile. It also boasts an open architecture protocol to ensure future compatibility with various third-party and state-owned flight application software.

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Expensive American-made Skydio X10 drone. Photo courtesy of Skydio.

Skydio's Commitment and Expansion

Mark Valentine, President of Skydio Global Development, emphasized the company's pride in advancing its partnership with the US Army.

The X10-D has not only garnered interest from numerous US government agencies but also from international allies.

Skydio's commitment extends beyond manufacturing drones; it reportedly is also focused on leveraging to enhance mission effectiveness, soldier protection, and global security.

Skydio's Role in US Defense and International Projects

Apart from the drone replacement program, Skydio is actively collaborating with other US frameworks to integrate its autonomous systems into military operations.

This includes establishing a National Defense Authorization Act-compliant manufacturing site to ensure trustworthy sourcing for large-scale productions.

Skydio has also been instrumental in testing an AI platform that allows a single operator to manage multiple drones simultaneously.

Global Collaborations and Contributions

Skydio's technological prowess is recognized internationally. Recent collaborations include a partnership with Australian company EPE to provide microdrones to 's armed forces.

In August, Skydio, along with the US Agency for International Development, facilitated the delivery of drones to for documenting war crimes, underscoring its commitment to global security and humanitarian efforts.

As Skydio enters the final phase of the US Army's replacement program, its innovative developments in drone technology promise to revolutionize aerial reconnaissance and surveillance.

The company's contributions extend far beyond the military, impacting global security and humanitarian efforts, positioning Skydio as a key player in the future of autonomous aerial systems.

Skydio has also been one of the driving forces behind the 's efforts to push out foreign drones, such as Chinese-made DJI drones, at both state and federal levels.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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