Blog

  • July 13 2020Why I Joined Skydio: Team, Tech, Timing

    I first met Skydio founders Adam, Abe and Matt in 2014 when I was an operating partner at a16z. The secrets they had learned and earned via their research work in Robotics and Autonomy at M.I.T. had crystalized their product vision and fueled their passion to become the world leader in autonomous drones.

  • July 13 2020Skydio Introduces The New X2 Family of Drones and Breakthrough Autonomy Software For Situational Awareness and Inspection

    Skydio has announced the upcoming availability of a new autonomous drone platform for enterprise and public sectors, the Skydio X2. Skydio also announced several new software solutions that simplify inspections and situational awareness workflows.

  • July 13 2020U.S. Autonomous Drone Maker Skydio Raises $100 Million, Accelerates Growth in Consumer, Enterprise, and Public Sector

    Skydio has raised $100 million in Series C funding led by Next47 with participation from Levitate Capital, NTT DOCOMO Ventures, and existing investors including Andreessen Horowitz, IVP, and Playground.

  • July 06 2020Celebrating Chula Vista’s Close Proximity, Low Altitude BVLOS Drone Waiver

    The Chula Vista Police Department’s new Close Proximity, Low Altitude (CPLA) waiver to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) missions in emergency situations. This waiver is the result of months of collaboration on patrol drone operations, ground risk reduction, and policy innovation between the CVPD, the San Diego UAS Integration Pilot Program, and Skydio.

  • Skydio 2 Autonomous Drones case landing
    June 25 2020What's New with Skydio 2: Detailed Overview

    Check here for all the details on what’s new with Skydio 2’s latest software update which includes extended tracking distance, beacon improvements, case landing, and other minor bug fixes and improvements


  • January 14 2020Deep Neural Pilot on Skydio 2

    We here at Skydio have been developing and deploying machine learning systems for years due to their ability to scale and improve with data. However, to date our learning systems have only been used for interpreting information about the world; in this post, we present our first machine learning system for actually acting in the world.

  • December 19 2019Why Autonomy Matters for Public Safety Drones

    "My hands just shake a lot less when I fly.” That was the response from the young police officer and UAS pilot when I asked him to boil down why the Skydio 2 was different than the other drones he flies at work.

  • December 17 2019Inside The Mind Of The Skydio 2: A Revolution In Drone Technology

    In this post we dive in to the Skydio Autonomy Engine — how the Skydio 2 sees the world and decides how to fly and film — by walking through an example. In this clip, watch how Skydio 2 keeps a cinematic framing of the biker while dodging obstacles at high speeds downhill. To do this, it has to estimate its own motion, build an obstacle map, estimate the biker’s path, and handle the aerodynamics of fast flight, all in real time onboard the drone.

  • December 03 2019Becoming Skydio 2 - How it's Made

    As our manufacturing line kicks into gear, we’re excited to share a behind-the-scenes look at some of the steps on Skydio 2’s path from a collection of parts through to a fully integrated product delivered to your doorstep.