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UK picks Skydio X2D as platform for new nano-UAS capabilities

18th May 2022 - 17:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Skydio X2D drone. (Photo: Skydio)

X2D drones from US-based Skydio with AI algorithms and a 3D scanning capability will be provided under Spiral 4 of the UK MoD Future Capabilities Group nano-UAS framework programme.

Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL) and Skydio are to deliver autonomous UAVs for Spiral 4 of the UK MoD Future Capabilities Group nano-UAS (nUAS) framework, under a new £3 million ($3.72 million) contract.

X2D drones from US-based Skydio with AI algorithms and a 3D scanning capability will be provided under Spiral 4 of the programme, which will inform future UAS concepts and requirements for the MoD.

The X2D platform is capable of conducting ISR and incident response missions. It incorporates 360° obstacle avoidance and can operate at night, MCL noted in an 18 May statement.

Skydio Autonomy enables the X2D to deliver situational awareness via six 4k-resolution cameras, while Skydio 3D Scan includes adaptive scanning software that automates the capture of data required to generate 3D models.

‘With ultra-high resolution and coverage, the technology enables faster high-quality inspections with minimal pilot training,’ MCL claimed.

Spiral 4 of the nUAS framework aims to introduce new capabilities which increase situational awareness, and provide early warnings during defensive missions and functions including 3D scanning, mapping and surveying.

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