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Skydio, Inc. —
Short Range Reconnaissance

The Problem This Solution Solves

The U.S. Army has limited access to a small, rapidly-deployable, inexpensive, and trusted commercial reconnaissance vehicles to provide real-time situational awareness. sUAS are increasingly relevant on the battlefield and enemies have the ability to purchase COTS drones on Amazon. A streamlined acquisition process  was needed to rapidly design, develop, test, and field cybersecure drones.

The Solution

Skydio’s X2D-RQ-28A integrates industry leading drone technology with specific DoD capability requirements to field a ruggedized, portable quadcopter based on an open and modular architecture.  A scalable model and open architecture approach allows for continuous technology refreshes for requirements that include integration of a gimbaled thermal camera, secure data link, and Government controller. The X2D RQ-28A comes with a FLIR thermal sensor, strobe lighting, night flight capabilities, and has an endurance of 35 minutes. 

Skydio, Inc. is one of the many companies we have contracted with in a variety of focus areas.

The DIU Commercial Solutions Catalog is a compilation of both our successful and transitioned prototypes. In conjunction with our Department of Defense (DoD) partners, we have evaluated, adapted, and tested these commercial solutions to solve your organization’s AI/ML, autonomy, cyber, human systems, and space challenges.

Prototype “Success Memos,” which enable DoD and U.S. Government (USG) entities to enter into Production Other Transaction agreements without re-competing, are available through DIU.

If you work for a DoD or USG organization, these technology solutions are available for purchase right now. To learn more about whether these capabilities can meet your organization’s unique operational needs or how to acquire them, please send a direct inquiry through DIU’s Contact Us page.