Please read the Safety Guidelines and Operator Manual before your first flight.

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Skydio X10 Flight Checklist


  1. Wind gusts are below 28 mph (45 km/h)
  2. Temperatures are greater than -4°F (-20°C) and less than 113°F (45°C)
  3. Heavy dust or moderate/heavy precipitation is not present
    • Skydio X10 is IP55 rated and the Skydio X10 Controller is IP54 rated
  4. Flight follows all FAA and country-specific civil aviation authority regulations, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations

X10 Preflight

  1. Remove X10 and battery from case
  2. Inspect the battery
    • Ensure connector pins are free of debris or damage
    • Verify batteries are fully charged
  3. Inspect X10
    • Ensure chassis is free of damage
    • Clean camera lenses and time of flight sensor
    • Verify propellers are firmly attached and free of cracks or damage
    • Remove the Sensor Package Lock before flying and ensure the sensor package is not damaged and moves freely
    • Secure all USB-C and microSD card seals
  4. Insert the battery
    • Align with the rails and slide toward the sensor package until magnets engage
    • Completely seat the battery before flying
  5. Unfold the rear arms, followed by the front arms
    • Hold the drone with the sensor package facing away from you
    • Pull rear arms laterally away from the chassis
    • Push the front arms down and forward
  6. Power on X10
    • Press and hold the Power button for 3 seconds
  7. Place X10 on a stable surface and prepare for launch

Controller Preflight

  1. Remove the Skydio X10 Controller from the case
  2. Power on
    • Press and hold the Power button for 5 seconds
    • Verify controller battery is fully charged
    • Ensure drone and controller are paired


  1. Set/verify your Return and Lost Connection Behaviors
  2. Set up Live Stream (optional)
    • Global Settings > Connection > Live Stream
    • If flying over 5G cellular, X10 will automatically live stream
  3. Place X10 on a stable surface
    • Leave about 10 ft (3 m) clearance in all directions
  4. Select Fly Now
  5. Launch
    • Drag the on-screen slider or press and hold the Launch/Land button on the controller
    • X10 will rotate 360° during launch to calibrate its Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and navigation system

Returning and Landing

  1. Select the Return/Land button in the top right of your screen or on the controller
  2. Choose your return location or land in place
    • Select from Home (if a Home Point is set), Launch Point, or Pilot
  3. Ensure landing area is stable and free of debris and obstacles
  4. Drag the on-screen slider or press and hold the Launch/Land button on the controller
  5. Ensure the propellers stop spinning before approaching
  6. Power off
    • Wait for all postflight tasks to complete before powering off
    • Press and hold the power button on the battery or remove the battery from X10

Hand Launching

  1. Ensure there is clearance above and in front of you
  2. Hold the drone away from you with the sensor package facing away from your body
    • Lightly grip the battery and keep the drone level
    • Keep your fingers below the chassis and away from the propellers at all times
    • Ensure your hand is steady
  3. Launch
    • Press and hold the Launch button on the X10 Controller
    • Slowly relax your grip as X10 launches
    • Do not push or throw the drone up in the air
    • X10 will slide off your palm and take flight on its own

Hand Landing

  1. Position X10 above a clear area so that you can move underneath it
    • Ensure the drone is facing away from you and extend your arm away from your body
    • Sensor package should face away from your body with the back of the chassis and battery closest to you
  2. Initiate landing
    • X10 will descend vertically with full obstacle avoidance until it is 10 ft (3 m) above the ground
    • Once it is below this, the lights will turn yellow to indicate obstacle avoidance is disabled for the remainder of the landing


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