June 29, 2022

Skydio X2E drone software version: 19.4.18
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 20.1.30

What's in this release:

  • Minor fixes and performance improvements

June 16, 2022

Skydio X2E drone software version: 19.4.15
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 20.1.30

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New

Thermal Settings

Thermal imaging detects infrared radiation to help see objects in the dark by distinguishing the relative temperature to help you see warmer objects such as people and animals, against cooler backdrops. There are now more settings available to meet your operational requirements.

Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Tuning - With AGC Tuning, the gain, or signal noise, in your thermal image will automatically optimize for the contrast you have selected. Options include:

Reconnaissance uses the lowest contrast settings. The temperatures in your image will be represented with a narrow range of colors or shades. CS_X2_media_UI_thermal_white-hot_reconnaissance.jpeg
Low contrast displays a broader range of color than Reconnaissance, allowing for more defined temperature differentiation. CS_X2_media_UI_thermal_white-hot_low-contrast.jpeg
Medium contrast is the default setting. As you continue to add contrast to your image, you will see temperatures being represented with more colors, giving you greater detail in your thermal imagery. CS_X2_media_UI_thermal_white-hot_medium-contrast.jpeg
High contrast will show temperatures using a wide range of colors, providing you with the highest level of thermal imagery detail. CS_X2_media_UI_thermal_white-hot_high-contrast.jpeg

To change your thermal imaging presets, go to Device Settings > Controller > On-screen Display > AGC Tuning. Tuning presets are available for all thermal palettes.

Region of Interest

You now have the ability to select a Region of Interest (ROI) on your image and apply Automatic Gain Control to that specific area. The area inside the ROI will be optimized with AGC, while the area outside the region of interest can still be viewed, but not optimized.

  • Specifying ROI is useful in situations when you need to quickly and easily diagnose thermal irregularities by ignoring sections of a thermal reading that are irrelevant to you. 
  • To change your region of interest, go to Device Settings > Controller > On-screen Display > Thermal. Drag the ROI slider to increase or decrease your region of interest.

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Enhancements

Thermal Video Feed

New updates bring you an improved infrared stream quality. Previously, we used a constant bit rate regardless of the wireless channel conditions. We now use an adaptive bit rate that adjusts depending on the wireless channel conditions of your range and environment.

  • Maximum bit rate up to 1Mbps

Media Sync Improvements

  • Skydio Cloud bug fixes and improvements including faster uploads with Skydio Media Sync in the US and globally

May 5, 2022

Skydio X2E drone software version: 19.0.54
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 19.0.48 

What's in this release:

  • Bug fixes

April 21, 2022

Skydio X2E drone software version: 19.0.54
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 19.0.47 

What's in this release:

  • Bug fixes

April 13, 2022

Skydio X2E drone software version: 19.0.50
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 19.0.44

What's in this release:

  • Bug fixes

March 29, 2022

Skydio X2E drone software version: 19.0.50
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 19.0.42

New

Hand Wave Calibration

You now have a new Hand Wave magnetometer calibration method for GPS Night Flight. To use the faster and easier method of calibration:

  • Enable GPS Night Flight Mode

  • Enable Hand Wave Motion

  • Wave drone back-and-forth

  • Put down the drone

  • Launch

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Visit Skydio X2 GPS Night Flight for more information about the calibration methods.

Connection Status

You can now view the strength of the signal connection between the controlling device and your Skydio X2E. Select the Connection Status icon to display the connected drone status, signal strength, GPS quality, and satellite count.

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Button Mapping for Skydio Enterprise Controller

Skydio Enterprise Controller buttons L2 and R2 are now programmable. Select from: CS_Econt_back_open_ill.png
  • Toggle Map
  • Toggle Camera thermal or color
  • Close Obstacle Avoidance
  • Minimal Obstacle Avoidance
  • Disabled Obstacle Avoidance
  • No Function
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Enhancements

KeyFrame Improvements

When playing back a KeyFrame sequence, you can now choose to have Skydio prioritize Accuracy or Speed.

  • Accuracy: Skydio may dynamically slow down around sharp turns. Helps to avoid cutting corners to maintain your drone’s position along the KeyFrame path
  • Speed: Your drone may fly off the KeyFrame path to maintain a steady speed

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KeyFrame Settings > Prioritize

The maximum KeyFrame speed for Skydio X2 remains at 11 mph (5 m/s)

Dynamic Channel Selection

When set to auto, your Skydio X2E will automatically monitor signal interference and move to a clearer channel to improve wireless transmission signal quality during flight.

Save thermal photos

You now have the ability to choose whether or not you save thermal photos when a color photo is captured on your Skydio X2E Color/Thermal.

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This does not affect the Thermal PiP display

New VehicleName in Photo EXIF Data

Easily differentiate between the Skydio X2 Color and Skydio X2 Color/Thermal camera models with updated naming in the embedded EXIF/XMP image data.

  • Skydio X2 Color the VehicleName is displayed as X2 Wide
  • Skydio X2 Color/Thermal the VehicleName is displayed as X2 Narrow

Emergency Flight Termination

When flying with the Enterprise Controller you will now have the option to terminate your flight in the event of an extreme emergency. Press and hold the Land and Return buttons on the controller for three seconds while in flight to immediately stop your drone's motors.

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CS_Warning_callout_icon.jpg WARNING: Terminating a flight will cause your drone to crash. Damage resulting from Flight Termination is not covered under warranty and may result in injury or damage. Use only in extreme situations.

March 2 & 7, 2022

Skydio X2E Vehicle Software Version

15.11.35

Skydio Enterprise Controller software version:

18.0.17

What's in this release:

  • Bug fixes

February 9 & 14, 2022

Skydio X2E Vehicle Software Version

15.11.33

Skydio Enterprise Controller software version:

18.0.13

What's in this release:

  • Bug fixes

 

January 26, 2022

Skydio X2E drone software version: 15.11.29
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 18.0.9

New

Directional Pad (D-pad) Functionality

The directional pad on the Skydio Enterprise controller is now functional. You can use the D-pad to scroll through menus and select settings.

    • Push up, down, left, or right to navigate through menus and settings
    • Press in to select
    • To adjust a slider setting, scroll until the slider is highlighted and press down to select. The slider will turn blue to indicate it is active. Push left or right to adjust slider values, and press down to confirm
    • Usable both on the ground and during flight

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Enhancements

Radio channel selection

You now have the ability to manually select your radio frequency channel to avoid congestion from other signals while in flight.

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January 4, 2022

Skydio X2E drone software version: 15.11.29
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 15.11.35

New

KeyFrame

KeyFrame is a new autonomous skill that offers even inexperienced pilots the ability to choreograph professional cinematic aerial shots by capturing continuous, complex video with smooth camera motion. KeyFrame flights can be flown repeatedly, with varying degrees of complexity, subtle camera moves, speed adjustments, and obstacle avoidance. Set up your sequence by adding up to 100 keyframes in a 3D space. Adjust the camera framing at each keyFrame to create dynamic, multi-point flight paths. You can reverse, speed up, slow down or repeat your custom flight path and watch as Skydio X2 smoothly and autonomously flies from point to point.

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Enhancements

Disable Return when Disconnected

You now have the option to toggle off the Return when Disconnected setting and the corresponding Lost Connection settings below it. When toggled off, Skydio X2 will not return if it loses connection—it will hover until it reaches low battery and land.

Improved video feed at long ranges

Video throughput has been improved when flying at long ranges, resulting in smoother, clearer video streaming to the controller.

Radio channel selection

You now have the ability to manually select your radio frequency channel to avoid congestion from other signals.

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Fixes

Zoom support for photos

Your photos will now be saved at the zoom level at which they were captured.

Radio sensitivity issue improved

    • previously Skydio X2 was overly de-sensing its radios in response to interference, which was causing poor signal quality
    • Skydio X2 is now able to dynamically adjust the sensitivity of its radios according to the level of interference the drone is experiencing resulting in better signal quality and control range in all environments

September 28, 2021

Skydio is proud to announce exciting new features in our software release designed for a more safe and intuitive flying experience now available for Skydio X2E.

Skydio X2E drone version: 15.10.17
Skydio Enterprise Controller version: 15.10.5

 

For more information visit:

Access Skydio X2E Manuals, Checklists, and Guides

Access 3D Scan Software Manuals

Getting Started on Skydio Cloud

Skydio X2 Color

Skydio is proud to announce the availability of Skydio X2 Color, a new configuration with a color-only payload optimized for mapping and inspection. Skydio X2 color incorporates AI-driven flight autonomy software and advanced geo-stabilized imagery systems for enterprise-level monitoring, surveying, and assessment of critical infrastructure.

Contact a Skydio Sales Representative to purchase Skydio X2 Color.

Skydio Autonomy NEW

Map Coordinates

When viewing your maps, creating waypoint missions, or orbiting a point of interest, you now have the option to display latitude and longitude coordinates. The position of Skydio X2, the controller, Home Point, and Fly Here Now will display coordinates on the map in real-time. Disable the setting if you do not want coordinates displayed. Your selection will persist across flights and power cycles.

Find Drone - If the Coordinates setting is enabled, the coordinates of your drone's current or last known location are displayed, making it easier for you to locate your lost drone.

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Thermal Palette (X2 Color/Thermal Only)

Skydio X2 Color/Thermal now has more thermal palettes to choose from for efficient analysis of your environment. The thermal camera assigns each pixel a unique color or shade based on a relative temperature data point. Changing the thermal palette can help highlight specific warm or cold people, objects, or points of interest for better identification confidence and decision-making. Thermal palette selection persists across flights and power cycles.

White Hot (default) - displays warmer objects in white and cooler objects in black to generate detailed images—well suited for use in urban environments. X2_pallete-white-hot_UI.jpg
Black Hot - is an inverted White Hot, displaying warmer objects as black and cooler objects as white. X2_pallete-black-hot_UI.jpg
Rainbow - uses colors to display subtle variations in scenes with low-contrast heat differentials. X2_pallete-rainbow_UI.jpg
Ironbow - uses color to display heat distribution and thermal anomalies. Warmer objects are represented in lighter colors and colder objects in darker colors. X2_pallete-ironbow_UI.jpg

 

Indoor Height Ceiling

When flying indoors without GPS, Skydio will prevent you from flying above 66 feet (20 meters). With this update, we’ve added the option to disable this Indoor Height Ceiling. If you choose to disable your indoor height ceiling, make sure your drone stays within 66 ft of surfaces to ensure robust visual navigation.

    • By default the Indoor Height Ceiling is enabled; disabling the Indoor Height Ceiling setting does not persist across flights or power cycles.

Memory Card Overwrite

Skydio has made it easier for you to manage your media storage space by automatically deleting old media to ensure that you can always start a new flight without waiting. Toggle this setting on to automatically delete the oldest media stored on the SD memory card. This setting will persist across flights and power cycles.

View Last Flights

The View Last Flight feature is designed to assist with locating your Skydio X2 in the event of a crash, emergency landing, or low battery landing in an unintended location. Review video of the 10 most recent flights, even if your Controller is not connected to your Skydio X2.

    • View the recorded video as Skydio X2 lands to help you identify the location of your lost drone.

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Anti-flicker

You now have the ability to adjust anti-flicker settings if you experience flickering in your video. This setting is for users located outside of North America, in countries where the frequency of the alternating current in household electrical outlets is 50 Hz.

    • 60 Hz (default) - North America
    • 50 Hz - Australia and New Zealand

Lost Connection Return Behaviors

Choose how your want your drone to behave if the signal to your controlling device is lost:

    • Wait Before Return - Specify the amount of time that you want Skydio X2 to wait before it initiates a return flight, allowing time to reconnect.
    • Land Once Returned - When enabled, Skydio X2 will return, hover for a specified amount of time, then land.
    • Wait Before Land - Specify the amount of time between 0 to 300 seconds (default - 240 seconds) that you want Skydio X2 to wait before landing. Only available when Land Once Return is toggled on.

Flight History .CSV

You can now save a record of flight information to a flight_log.csv file in the root folder of the media SD card containing the following flight data:

    • Vehicle name
    • Flight ID
    • Launch latitude/longitude and time
    • Land latitude/longitude and time

Zoom in While Tracking Subject

You can now zoom in while tracking a subject. Initiate the Track in Place skill and digitally zoom in up to 3x with color and 1.5x with thermal for a clear and enlarged view of the individual or vehicle being tracked.

Skydio Autonomy ENHANCED

Lights

Turn the RGB navigation lights off, and they will now stay off from the moment you power on your Skydio X2 and throughout your flight. The setting will persist across flights and power cycles.

Skydio Autonomy FIXED

    • Improved zoom tracking for better case landings
    • Media will display immediately after landing
    • Return to Home joystick issues solve

Skydio Cloud Available for Skydio X2 (Requires license purchase)

Skydio Cloud* is now available for Skydio X2. As the foundational service within Skydio Cloud, Fleet Manager provides federated management for distributed Skydio X2 operations. Access telemetry data uploaded to Skydio Cloud to view flight logs and robust reporting on usage metrics. Media Sync* provides for automatic upload and management of your 3D Scan* images and videos. Designed to be accessed using a web browser or through API integration, users can store, view, organize, and manage their organization's in-flight digital assets. Skydio Cloud AWS - U.S. Region cloud infrastructure meets the highest level of security, compliance, and data protection.

*Additional license required - to purchase Skydio Cloud, Media Sync, and Skydio 3D Scan contact a Skydio Sales Representative

3D Scan Available for Skydio X2 (Requires license purchase)

Skydio 3D Scan is unprecedented adaptive scanning software that is now available for purchase to use with Skydio X2. 3D Scan automates data capture for asset inspection and scene reconstruction to efficiently capture a complete photographic dataset that documents every angle of a scene, ensuring accurate coverage with sub-millimeter precision with a fraction of the time and the risk. You can perform higher quality inspections in less time, with minimal pilot training. The precise, visually geotagged imagery generated by Skydio 3D Scan is easily exported to any mainstream photogrammetry software, generating high-quality photosets without the mountains of extra data required by traditional capture methods.

2D GPS Capture, a new 3D Scan capture mode, offers you the ability to preplan your flight using a top-down map view. 

For more information about what's new with 3D Scan, visit our Skydio 3D Scan Release Notes.

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