Skydio X10D Drone Earns Top DoD Clearance for Blue sUAS List

Skydio X10D, the latest in autonomous , has achieved the highest (DoD) clearance, earning a spot on the Cleared List. This significant milestone, announced by Skydio, highlights the X10D's exceptional security and operational capabilities, simplifying procurement for government and defense entities.

Leading the Way in Autonomous Flight

, a U.S. leader in autonomous flight, has had its Skydio X10D drone recognized by the DoD's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The inclusion on the Blue sUAS Cleared List ensures that Skydio's drones meet rigorous security standards and enhance operational effectiveness in various defense scenarios.


Building on a Solid Foundation

The X10D is the second Skydio aircraft to achieve this status, following the X2D. This recognition confirms Skydio's commitment to cybersecurity and reliability.

Mark Valentine, President of Global Government at Skydio, emphasized, “This represents an important step forward in providing secure, autonomous uncrewed aerial systems to more U.S. defense operations.”

Advanced Technology for Defense

The Skydio X10D features a 48MP telephoto camera capable of identifying a person from 2400 feet and a vehicle from 6500 feet. It's the first drone with the Teledyne FLIR Boson+ sensor, the industry's most precise radiometric thermal camera, designed for day and night ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) use.

Night Operations Specialist

A standout feature is Skydio NightSense, the only onboard AI supporting autonomous flight in low or no-light conditions. With NightSense, operators can confidently navigate in complete darkness, avoiding obstacles. Additionally, the Blackout Mode turns off all lights, making the drone invisible to the naked eye.

Streamlined Procurement

The X10D is available through the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) schedules, streamlining the procurement process for government and defense entities.

The Skydio X10D's inclusion on the Blue sUAS Cleared List underscores its role in enhancing operational effectiveness and security for defense operations. Its advanced features make it an invaluable tool for various scenarios, especially night operations.

DroneXL's Take

Skydio continues to push the envelope in autonomous drone technology. The X10D's recognition by the DoD not only highlights its capabilities but also reinforces the importance of reliable, secure drones in defense operations. Skydio's innovations are setting new standards in the industry, and their commitment to excellence is evident in the X10D's cutting-edge features.

Photo courtesy of Skydio.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, 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 @ or @hayekesteloo.

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