Skydio’s latest drone that is launched earlier this month is probably the most autonomous drone that we’ve seen. This self-flying camera drone comes with unmatched computer vision, an improved camera, longer flight time, a crash guarantee, and a cheaper opening price than the original Skydio R1.
Now, Skydio has revealed the Skydio 2 Dock, a self-contained, weatherproof, charging base station for Skydio 2, allowing the drone to fly for a long without human intervention. The Skydio 2 performs surrounding mapping and monitoring of the specified range by automatic flight with a camera and inertial navigation and automatically returns to the Dock and charges when the battery level is low.
The drone, once returns to its charging box, it takes about an hour to recharge and gets ready to go again for a 23-minute flight, reports IEEE Spectrum. The box part of Skydio 2 Dock is portable and weatherproof and can be powered from a normal AC outlet.
The compact, accessible Skydo 2 Dock can fit in a carry-on suitcase and can be set up in minutes.
An automated flight system like Skydio seems to be very suitable for disaster relief and industrial monitoring and management purposes. The new drone is being integrated with DroneDeploy’s mapping platform. It can fly autonomously around the construction site, and send you back a map of how much things have progressed. Unlike the human inspectors, the drone can give you data on-demand in real-time.