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Skydio X10D: Integrations

Posted Jun 27, 2024 | Views 34
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Chris Stock
VP of Mission Success @ Skydio

Chris Stock is a seasoned professional in program management, systems engineering, and technology innovation. He has a proven track record of leading teams in both the Department of Defense and NASA. Currently, Chris is at the forefront of driving innovation as he leads a technology innovation team that is dedicated to exploring, developing, and experimenting with disruptive and innovative technologies that will shape the future of warfare.

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Kelsee Hober
Director, Product Management - Federal @ Skydio

Kelsee Hober is an accomplished product leader and aviation expert, skilled in iterative innovation and leadership. Her experience spans roles as a combat pilot and Director of Product Management, as well as a Mission Operations Engineer. A former US Army Aviation Officer and UH-60 Pilot at Fort Bragg, NC, she served for over seven years, demonstrating leadership and resilience in three combat tours. Kelsee holds a Bachelor’s in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point (2008-2012), exemplifying her dedication to excellence and innovation.

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Mark Valentine
President/General Manager, Global Government @ Skydio

As President/General Manager of Global Government at Skydio, Mark focuses on delivering autonomous aerial capabilities to national governments around the world to make them more productive, creative and safe.

Prior to joining Skydio, Mark was the SVP/GM for Scale AI's Federal team and the GM of Microsoft's National Security team. In those roles, he focused on delivering advanced technologies such as AI/ML, cloud computing and mixed reality to warfighters and analysts across the US Federal government. Prior to his time in industry, Mark served in the US Air Force for over 25 years as a combat veteran fighter pilot (F-16), commander, and staff officer at headquarters US Air Force and the Joint Staff.

Mark currently lives near Annapolis, MD where is is active in the American Legion Boys State program and several non-profit boards.

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SUMMARY

Explore the seamless integration capabilities of the Skydio X10D. This episode demonstrates how the X10D fits into existing systems, providing real-time data streaming and interoperability with various protocols, enhancing decision-making and mission efficiency.

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TRANSCRIPT

When we're bringing new technologies into our operations, it's crucial that they fit seamlessly into our existing frameworks. So what a UAS operator is seeing on their screen is is is useful and impactful, but being able to get that out to distributed users to provide more more timely and accurate information is really gonna increase the speed of decision making and the overall value that that sensor can provide.

Any new integration must enhance rather than complicate the decision making process.

We have all kinds of ways to basically integrate with all these other systems in a way that preserves a lot of our capability. Every system has to be interoperable and not be its own silo. And it's super valuable for us instead of one person at one controller having to tell people what's going on. We can simply stream that data, you know, out to a network that people are already using and we can be interoperable with all these protocols and different systems, but retain the ability to have the autonomous capability that we want to use.

You're not relaying or play playing this game of telephone. It's your own guys controlling the drone, and it's instantaneous information. And with the adaption of ATAC systems where you can have video being pushed to your ATAC device, you can be there on the battlefield looking live at the video that's being provided from the ISRS set right above you.

The open modular architecture of x ten d takes the MAV link and RASAE protocols and the MISB protocols that we've already been working on and supporting within the x two delta and extends it to also work with the new pieces that are a plug and play within the x ten d world. That includes things like the attachments, the radios, the gimbals, the payloads, all of the important pieces within x ten d. We're using the Tomahawk grip and associated KXM and MXC radios. We're also leveraging UXV and their SROC controller.

We leverage the ATAC UAS tool. Those open standards basically enable us to go through the process much more rapidly.

I think as we look three to five to seven years out, we're gonna see a lot more robotics solutions on the battlefield. We're gonna see end users and customers figuring out unique ways to integrate robotics or unmanned systems into their problem set to solve hard challenging problems or to decrease risk.

And the modular design that was a focus from the very start empowers users to adapt swiftly with payloads that that we're providing first party as, you know, from Skydio or develop their own third party payloads that are tailored to their unique mission needs.

Having the payload ports, having all of this future proofing built into the drone really helps protect your investment because you're not locked into what you have today.

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