Skydio announces its X10 drone can be flown remotely from a web browser

Oct. 18, 2023

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Skydio, a manufacturer of uncrewed flight systems, unveiled its Skydio Remote Flight Deck, which enables remote flight for Skydio X10 drones via a web browser, anywhere over a cellular network. The solution offers a smooth handoff of flight control between local and remote pilots, allowing for uninterrupted situational awareness through live streaming.  This new capability allows the organizations such as public safety, utilities, construction and transportation to utilize remote drone operations.

Drones can enhance response times and effectiveness in public safety scenarios, such as law enforcement operations, search and rescue missions, and fire fighting. The agility and speed of drones provide first responders swift access to real-time aerial views, aiding in quality and  decision-making and resource allocation. In the aftermath of a natural disaster, drones enable infrastructure inspections and help prioritize recovery efforts. With the introduction of the Skydio Remote Flight Deck, organizations can launch and operate drones faster than cars, helicopters or emergency vehicles - putting eyes on the incident before additional personnel arrive. In dangerous situations, a responding officer can set the drone down on the ground and have a remote pilot located anywhere take over flight and provide critical overwatch information, while the officer maintains local situational awareness.

Remote pilots can use Remote Flight Deck to initiate flights from drones ready for launch by local personnel, or take control of missions already in progress. Missions flown by Remote Flight Deck benefit from a near-infinite range with the 5G-connected X10 drone, with the only limiting factors being the drone's flight time, availability of the cellular network, and aviation regulatory approvals .

“We envision a world where drones become basic infrastructure. The Skydio X10 can be in every first responder’s vehicle, and with Remote Flight Deck, X10 can provide immediate situational awareness and support from a remote operator,” said Adam Bry, co-founder and CEO, Skydio. “For public safety agencies, this capability makes Drone as First Responder (DFR) available now, improving officer and community safety.”

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