In October 2019, Skydio announced its second autonomous drone, the Skydio 2. After the launch of its predecessor the Skydio’s R, the company launched the upgraded version with better features and greater design. The Skydio 2 improves on the R1 in nearly every aspect.
Skydio 2 is the second-generation of the autopilot drone, it’s smaller, faster, and smarter than its predecessor, not to mention considerably cheaper.
The Drone is able to fly autonomously at speed through complex environments in challenging real-world conditions in a way that’s completely effortless and stress-free for the end user. Thus, allowing you to capture the kind of video that would be otherwise impossible, even for professional drone pilots.
The Skydio 2 drone is beautifully built and crafted out of magnesium which is more rigid and durable than plastic, thus adding to the weight.
This Skydio 2 is built around an array of six hemispherical obstacle-avoidance cameras. The exceptional 4K60FPS main camera is based around Sony’s IMX577 1/2.3” 12.3MP CMOS sensor.
The Skydio 2 has six onboard cameras it uses to keep track of its surroundings, an AI processor, and a proprietary mix of machine learning systems that make this thing smarter and safer than any other drone.
The Skydio 2 also comes with a three-axis gimbal supporting a 12-megapixel camera, just enough to record 4K video at 60 fps, or 1080p video at 120 fps.
These hemispherical cameras are on the end of each of the prop arms as well as above and below the body of the drone.
It also comes with a HDR function as well as a new GPS beacon for tracking in cases where visual tracking isn’t possible (such as through dense trees).
Skydio 2 drone is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 computing module coupled with the bottom-mounted battery which add to the bulkiness.
The battery is charged via a USB-C port which is positioned at the top of the drone and a LED array that display the charge level.
Underneath the drone there are slots for microSD cards, one for recording from the camera and a second one that the drone uses to store data.
The drone can also be controlled with the use of the controller or Beacon. The Beacon puts the drone’s most essential functions right at your fingertips instead of hiding them away in a smartphone app.
Although the controller comes with extra charges of $149 approximately N55000 but it is the most preferable way to fly the drone.
The controller works with Android and iOS devices and comes with a holder to place your phone in so you can see the camera’s feed while flying. The Skydio 2 App is very simple and easy to operate however, it uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Skydio 2. Although, the phone app does the job without the controller, however, the controller comes with little more control and added features.
The Skydio 2 is an innovative product that improves on the original in every way