[accordion heading="February 15, 2024"]

Skydio X2 software version 24.15.16 (no update)
Skydio Enterprise Controller-S software version 24.15.17
Skydio QGC version 31.3.101 (no update)

What's in this release

  • Minor fixes and performance improvements

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Skydio X2D vehicle software version: 24.15.16
Skydio Enterprise Controller-S software version: 24.15.16
Skydio QGC version: 31.3.101

Improvements


MAVLink / RAS-A Updates

Improvements to the Skydio X2D MAVLink interface to support compliance with RAS-A v1.1 and beginning to support RAS-A v1.2.

Skydio X2D 5 GHz Hidden SSID 

The Skydio X2D 5 GHz SSID will now be hidden while in flight. Your drone's name will not be publicly visible to people trying to find a WiFi network. Access to the network was and will remain password protected, but this improvement will reduce the ease of detection in an area of operation.

Remove Geofence from Skydio QGC

Previously, a geofence could be drawn and displayed in Skydio QGC, but the geofence boundaries were not honored. Operators are now prevented from drawing a geofence, ensuring a more intuitive user experience.

Removal of Band M1 - 1.6 GHz / channels 1700-1725 MHz

Through rigorous testing of the Skydio X2D Multiband, Skydio found that leveraging frequencies in the M1 band desensitizes the GPS module, resulting in poor GPS quality and a degraded flight. As a result, the M1 band has been removed from the Skydio X2D Multiband list of selectable bands. 

Bug Fixes


Panorama and encrypted media

Previously, when media was encrypted, panorama images were not generated using the Skydio Panorama skill. The issue has been resolved, and the workflow has been refined to enable users leveraging media encryption to produce panoramas. After landing, insert the Encryption key to complete the process of stitching together the panorama images. 

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[accordion heading="September 25, 2023"]

Skydio X2D vehicle software version: 24.10.60
Skydio Enterprise Controller-S software version: 24.10.51
Skydio QGC version: 24.10.51

NEW


Skydio X2D Multiband and 1.8 GHz Compatability

  • X2D 1.8 GHz Enterprise Controller will now be compatible with the X2D Multiband drone.

RAS-A v1.2

Vehicle-side wireless pairing protocol is now compliant with RAS-A v1.2.

Dynamic Obstacle Avoidance Margins

To improve your flying experience, Skydio has adjusted Obstacle Avoidance margins and behaviors to allow for more flexibility and safety while flying. Toggle On Variable Margins, and your X2D will use visual navigation and AI to dynamically and temporarily reduce obstacle avoidance margins when moving through narrow spaces. Skydio will also dynamically expand margins if the drone detects environmental dangers like the wind.

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  • Variable Margins is on by default, and the setting persists across flights and power cycles.
  • Not available when Obstacle Avoidance is set to Disabled.

Stop at Structure

Perform finer, more controlled inspections with Stop at Structure. When your drone is within 8 ft (2.5 m) of an obstacle, it will not deviate from its course. Instead, it will reduce speed and maintain position, allowing for more precise maneuvering near a structure. A status message will indicate that Stop at Structure is enabled. 

  • Enabled in the Flight Behavior menu.
  • Adjust the speed using the Speed Near Obstacles slider.
  • Active during manual flight, including when paused during 3D Scan.
  • Minimum speed: 1 mph (0.5 m/s)
  • Maximum speed: 10 mph (4.5 m/s)
    • If your speed exceeds 10 mph (4.5 m/s), Stop at Structure will not be enabled even if it is toggled on.
  • The option to toggle this feature on or off is now mappable to certain buttons on the Skydio Enterprise Controller.

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Crosshair Coordinates - Beta

Crosshair Coordinates uses the terrain data as a reference to display real-time coordinates of the ground-level position at the center of your crosshairs. To use this feature, you must have DTED map data loaded for your flying location. Location accuracy will vary for the point of interest based on vehicle altitude, position offset, and gimbal angles.

  • Select Manual Skill
  • Using terrain data, your drone will display the real-time coordinates of the ground-level position at the center of your crosshairs.

Visit How to Use DTED Cockpit Crosshair on Skydio X2 for detailed information.

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Map Capture with Skydio Autonomy Enterprise

Map Capture (formerly 2D GPS Capture) is now available with your Autonomy Enterprise software.

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For more information about how to use this feature, visit: How to use Map Capture and How to complete a Map Capture using GPS Night Flight.

ENHANCED


Scout - Find Subject

A new setting toggle in the Scout Skill allows users to display the Find tracked subject button. Toggle on, and the Find tracked subject button will display on the fly screen. The drone will yaw, and the gimbal will pitch to locate the tracked GPS subject (Skydio Enterprise Controller or Beacon).

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GPS Weak Altitude Limit

A new safety measure that prevents flight above 33 ft (10 m) outdoors and 66 feet (20 m) indoors when GPS is weak. The menu replaces the Indoor Height Ceiling toggle in the Flight Limits menu.

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[warning text="Toggling OFF disables the altitude limit, and your drone will fly using only the vision navigation. To reduce the risk of an emergency landing, maintain a flight path near surfaces and objects."]

Speed Improvements

The maximum forward speed of the Skydio X2E has been increased to 31 mph (14 m/s). Enable the new Rapid Descent toggle to increase the speed to the maximum ascent and descent rates when pressing and holding the Boost button.

    • Ascent speed: 22 mph (10 m/s)
    • Descent speed: 9 mph (4 m/s)

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GPS Night Flight

A new menu allows you to select Hand Wave or Multi Step calibrations when entering GPS Night Flight Mode. The RGB navigation lights can now be toggled on or off while flying in GPS Night Flight.

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Lights in GPS Night Flight

Navigation lights are now Red and Green

They were previously yellow

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Superzoom Toggle

The new toggle allows you to enable or disable Superzoom. Located in the Device settings menu under the Drone tab. The setting persists across flights and power cycles.

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BUG FIXES & KNOWN ISSUES


Bug Fixes: 

  • Revert to attitude mode during e-land
  • Severe wind alert dismissal 
  • GPS Night Flight fixes Persistent V5 error message
  • Map Capture Mode switching fix
    • Previously, if a user did not have a second microSD card and entered the 3D Scan Flight Mode, they were unable to switch back into Skills
  • Wireless performance

Known Issues:

  • When switching channels, wait at least 15 seconds before switching to a new channel

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[accordion heading="March 9, 2023"]

Skydio X2D vehicle software version: 21.3.87
Skydio Enterprise Controller-S software version: 21.3.36
QGC-Gov version: 21.3.36

What's in this release:

NEW


Skydio X2D Multiband Radio variant

Introducing the Skydio X2D Multiband Color and Color/Thermal offering access to M1-M6 radio bands and the corresponding 4 MHz bandwidth channels.

RAS-A v1.1 Compliance

Robotics and Autonomous Systems – Air (RAS-A) MAVLink Control Link Interoperability Profile (IOP) compliance which includes manual control of the vehicle, autonomous missions (waypoints), camera and payload control, vehicle-specific skills, radio link configuration, pairing configuration, and maintenance.

QGC-Gov Integration

QGC-Gov integration enables compatibility with the open-source software solutions used in the Blue sUAS Program and the Army’s Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) Program.

Skydio Fleet Manager for Offline Drones

Updates from Skydio contain important enhancements and fixes designed to improve performance and optimize flight controls and features for the operation of your Skydio X2D offline system and Enterprise Controller. Skydio has made it easy to access offline software updates through our self-service portal. Visit How to use Fleet Manager for Offline Drones for detailed information.

Panorama Skill

Introducing Panorama, a new Flight Skill that allows you to take three different types of panoramic photos:

  • Horizontal captures a 180° horizontal panorama, centered at the horizon
  • Vertical captures a full 180° vertical panorama
  • Spherical provides a full 360° equirectangular image. The final stitched output includes metadata which allows the image to be viewed by 360° interactive viewers.

Panorama Live Preview displays a low-resolution preview frame of your shot. Fly to your desired location and adjust the roll, pitch, yaw, and throttle to encompass the scene, then let Skydio capture the rest. See How to use Panorama Skill on Skydio X2 for detailed information.

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Triangulation - Beta

Triangulation is a new flight skill that allows you to identify the location coordinates of an object. Visit How to Use the Triangulation Skill on Skydio X2 for detailed information. Skydio is offering pilots the opportunity to use this new feature in production to provide feedback and assist in developing the final design.

ENHANCEMENTS


Scout Improvements

Positioning Behavior

Set the drone’s behavior to automatically reposition itself to match changes in the subject’s direction of motion, the drone will maintain its position relative to the tracked Skydio Enterprise Controller or Beacon. Select either Relative or Fixed in the Positioning Behavior menu:

  • Relative - as the subject’s GPS heading changes, so will the subject frame with the tracked axis. The drone will autonomously yaw to mirror the rotational changes of the GPS heading.
  • Fixed - the drone’s position and yaw will not reflect the rotational changes of the subject’s GPS heading.

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AR Marker

To improve the Scout experience, we have now added an AR marker over the tracked subject. This allows the operator to more easily orient themselves to the tracked GPS subject while in flight.

  • the AR Marker is red when the drone is close to the GPS subject and purple when it is furthest away
  • the AR marker displays the tracked subject at the height of the drone

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KeyFrame Improvements

Visual Positioning

KeyFrame improvements greatly reduce drift and increase accuracy for long-distance and when loading and replaying.

  • Replaying KeyFrame in the same flight will result in less drift over time
  • Reloading KeyFrame over multiple flights is now more reliable

Low Battery Auto Return

If you have set a home point, Skydio will automatically return to that location when the battery level is low. Enabling or disabling this feature persists across flights and power cycles. See How to set return behaviors on Skydio X2.

  • Enable this setting within the Return Behaviors menu
  • Select Return to Home Point under Low Battery

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[note]"You must set a Home Point to use Low Battery Auto Return."[/note]

Additional telemetry information

Reference additional telemetry information of your current flight in the top left of the live camera feed. New in-flight telemetry information includes Compass Heading - displayed in degrees ranging from 0° - 359° and cardinal directions.

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Updated Control Mode menu

Switch between Mode 1, Mode 2 (default), and Mode 3 style flight controls using the Control Mode menu. Previously named Flight Mode.

  • Access under Device Settings > Controller > Control Mode

Height Ceiling

  • The minimum Height Ceiling has changed from 30 ft (10 m) to 9 ft (3 m)

Battery Updates

  • Improved capacity estimate for degraded batteries
  • Improved accuracy for landing time estimates during GPS Night Flight
  • Updated in-app messaging to provide earlier warnings in the event of a battery failure
  • To avoid damage, a fully charged battery that is stored in higher temperatures will discharge to 80% charge

Always follow the proper guidelines for maintaining batteries. Store batteries at room temperature between 71°F - 82°F (22°C - 28°C) and in a cool, dry area with less than 75% relative humidity. For detailed information see How to maintain your Skydio X2 batteries.

Tutorials Section

To access the instructional tutorials, navigate to the INFO tab and select the Tutorials menu listed under Support. Tutorials include:

  • Hand Wave Guide
  • Safety Guide

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[accordion heading="December 2, 2022"]

Skydio X2D vehicle software version: 21.0.64
Skydio Enterprise Controller-S software version: 21.0.45
Skydio Enterprise Controller 21.0.45

What's in this release:

NEW

Skydio Scout

Introducing Scout, a new Flight Skill that simplifies the flying experience when tracking a moving subject. Scout allows you to follow and track a GPS position at long range without the need to visually lock onto the tracked subject.

  • Track the GPS position of your Enterprise Controller or Beacon
  • Adjust drone position and camera orientation while tracking a subject at a fixed distance
  • Gives the drone operator more freedom to focus on the live video feed to better assess the surrounding environment

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Beacon Compatibility with Skydio Scout

When using Scout, the Skydio Beacon is compatible with Skydio X2. When Beacon is connected, you will see a tab under Device Settings that displays the battery percentage and current software version.

Lock Beacon Controls 

Prevent button interactions on your Beacon by enabling Lock Beacon Controls. This ensures that unwanted actions, such as an accidental command to stop tracking, are avoided during flight. 

  • Enable this within the Beacon menu tab located in Device settings

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Quick Launch

Quick Launch allows you to use the battery power button to launch your Skydio X2, allowing for better focus on your drone. Quick Launch makes it easier to hand launch so you do not have to balance the controller in one hand and your drone in the other.

  • Enable this in the Drone menu tab located in Device settings
  • Tap four times on the battery power button to initiate a launch

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[note] Launching with the battery requires a Hand Launch. Follow the recommended safety guidelines before performing a Quick Launch. [/note]

Hand Wave Calibration Guide

A visual tutorial will guide you through the calibration process the first time you initiate a Hand Wave Calibration. Access the instructions at any time by navigating to the INFO menu and selecting Hand Wave Guide located under the Support section.

Visual Safety Guide

After updating, you will be prompted to review the new Safety Guide Agreement designed to help you avoid collisions and fly safely. Visual reminders will be accessible anytime by navigating to the INFO tab and selecting Safety Guide located under the Support section.

The updated Safety Guide Agreement provides information to make your flying experience more enjoyable.

  • How to avoid collisions
  • Best environments for flight
  • How to avoid injury 

ENHANCEMENTS

KeyFrame Improvements

Intuitively adjust the speed of your KeyFrame during flight using the roll joystick. In the KeyFrame skill settings menu, choose from three modes:

  • Absolute: Roll joystick input directly maps to drone movements. Skydio will stop when the joystick is centered. 
  • Relative: Roll joystick input increases or decreases speed. Skydio will maintain the current speed when the joystick is centered.
  • Off: Roll joystick movement does not affect the speed

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[note] Roll controls the left and right horizontal movements of your drone. Left or right joystick may vary depending on your Flight Mode. A positive speed indicates left to right on the timeline. A negative speed indicates right to left on the timeline. [/note]

Enterprise Controller Updates

Additional Button Mapping

Customize the Left and Right Wheels with the following options: 

  • Left Wheel: Gimbal pitch, No function
  • Right Wheel: Digital Zoom, Physical Zoom, Exposure Compensation, No function 

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Power Level Enhancements

We have increased the Enterprise Controller power level on our Skydio X2D 5 GHz from 23 dBm to 30 dBm on UNII-1 bands. This will improve wireless ranges in congested environments from approximately 0.5 miles (850 m) to 0.83 miles (1,350 m).

Case Landing Improvements

To reduce the chances of canceling a Case Landing due to an accidental nudge, Skydio will require one second of joystick inputs to unlock from the case. Reinitiate a Case Landing by tapping the blue case icon.

[note] If you unlock the case, the drone will continue landing in place. Select the case to revert to a case landing. [/note]

Other Improvements

  • Improved hovering performance while flying in GPS Night Flight
  • While charging or resting, the gimbal will switch to a relaxed state

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[accordion heading="June 29, 2022"]

Skydio X2D vehicle software version: 19.4.19
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 20.1.30
Skydio Enterprise Controller-S software version: 20.2.11

[note text="This information applies to non-United States government and international operators"] 

NEW

Skydio ATAK Integration

Integrating the Skydio Enterprise and the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) apps allows you to monitor your Skydio X2D fleet. ATAK provides geospatial information about your Skydio X2D and controlling device, allowing you to navigate using GPS and map data overlays for real-time situational awareness.
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Integrating the Skydio Enterprise and the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) apps allows you to monitor your Skydio X2D fleet. ATAK provides geospatial information about your Skydio X2D and controlling device, allowing you to navigate using GPS and map data overlays for real-time situational awareness.

Attitude Mode

Attitude Mode is a new Vehicle Mode available on Skydio X2D that allows you to disable the visual and GPS navigation systems. Designed to be flown by expert pilots, in GPS-denied environments, or where there is the potential for jamming, Attitude Mode offers a manual flight experience. You have direct stick control of the aircraft’s throttle, yaw rate, pitch, and roll angles, rather than relying on automatic altitude and position stabilization. All autonomous functions, such as Return to Home and Obstacle Avoidance, are disabled.

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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. Tuning presets are available for all thermal palettes. 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_IR_rainbow_reconnaissance.JPG
Low contrast - displays a broader range of color than Reconnaissance allowing for more defined temperature differentiation. CS_X2_media_IR_rainbow_lowcontrast.JPG
Medium contrast (default) - as you add contrast to your images the resulting temperature variances are represented by more colors, providing greater detail in your thermal imagery. CS_X2_media_IR_rainbow_medcontrast__1_.JPG
High contrast - displays temperature variances using a wide range of colors, providing the highest level of detail in your thermal imagery. CS_X2_media_IR_rainbow_highcontrast.JPG

Region of Interest - you now have the ability to select a Region of Interest (ROI) on your thermal image and apply AGC 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. Specifying the region of interest is useful in situations when you need to quickly determine thermal irregularities by ignoring sections of a thermal reading that are irrelevant to you.

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Enhancements

Thermal Video Feed Improvements

This update offers improved infrared stream quality. Skydio X2D now uses an adaptive bit rate that adjusts depending on the wireless channel conditions of your range and environment.

    • Maximum bit rate up to 1Mbps

Fixes

Minor fixes and performance improvements

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[accordion heading="April 21, 2022"]

Skydio X2D drone software version: 19.0.56
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 19.0.47 

[note text="This information applies to non-United States government and international operators"] 

For more information visit: Skydio X2D Manuals and Guides

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:

  1. Enable GPS Night Flight Mode

  2. Enable Hand Wave Motion

  3. Wave drone back-and-forth

  4. Put down the drone

  5. 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 X2D. 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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The maximum KeyFrame speed for Skydio X2 remains at 11 mph (5 m/s)

Dynamic Channel Selection

When set to auto, your Skydio X2D 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 X2D Color/Thermal.

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[info text="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 can 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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[warning text="Terminating a flight will cause your drone to crash. This will void your warranty and may result in injury or damage. Use only in extreme situations."]

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[accordion heading="January 26, 2022"]

Skydio X2D 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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[accordion heading="January 4, 2022"]

Skydio X2D drone software version: 15.11.29
Skydio Enterprise Controller software version: 15.11.35

New

KeyFrame

KeyFrame is a new autonomous skill that allows even inexperienced pilots 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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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

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 issues 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

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[accordion heading="October 18, 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 X2D.

Skydio X2D drone version: 15.10.17
Skydio Enterprise Controller version: 15.10.5

 

For more information visit: Skydio X2D INTL Manuals and Guides

NEW

3D Scan* Available for Skydio X2D

Skydio 3D Scan is unprecedented adaptive scanning software that is now available for purchase to use with Skydio X2D 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. 

            *Requires additional license

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 X2D, 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 to locate your lost drone.

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Thermal Palette

Skydio X2D 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 X2D 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 X2D.

    • View the recorded video as Skydio X2D 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 X2D to wait before it initiates a return flight, allowing time to reconnect.

    • Land Once Returned - When enabled, Skydio X2D 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 X2D 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 (AEF Only)

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.

ENHANCED

Lights

Turn the RGB navigation lights off, and they will now stay off from the moment you power on your Skydio X2D and throughout your flight. The setting will persist across flights and power cycles.

FIXED

    • Improved zoom tracking for better case landings

    • Media will display immediately after landing

    • Return to Home joystick issues solve

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 Skydio, Inc. A0251

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