SkyX, the Canadian leader in long-range unmanned aerial monitoring, has successfully delivered and installed its first production xStation, a unit that remotely recharges SkyX drones during missions – a key milestone in the company’s evolution.
The xStation is a rugged, all-metal piece of engineering designed to allow the SkyOne drone to remotely recharge while monitoring long-range infrastructure, then continue its mission.
By installing multiple xStations along a route, SkyOne can monitor assets like oil and gas pipelines or railroad tracks that stretch hundreds – even thousands – of kilometres.
(The proprietary technology allows its SkyOne aircraft to recharge remotely, allowing it to fly extremely long-range missions. This makes it perfect for infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines. Courtesy of SkyX Systems Corporation and YouTube)
SkyX is the only operational Unmanned Aerial Systems company to combine a fixed-wing VTOL aircraft with remote charging stations, giving it a distinct competitive advantage.
“I’m thrilled to see this successful milestone in the SkyX journey,” says company CEO and founder Didi Horn.
“I’m particularly proud because this unit was invented by our team. From conception to testing to patenting – this is a proprietary SkyX product. It is extremely exciting to see our product coming together as a full service to enhance the efficiency and safety of the oil and gas industry.
The xStation is one of the key differentiators that sets SkyX apart from other competitors in the unmanned world.
In combination with the SkyOne Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft – which transitions to forward flight to take advantage of the efficiency of its lifting wing – the xStation means SkyX can provide an unmatched solution for long-range infrastructure monitoring and data acquisition.
(SkyX builds an integrated solution to long-range infrastructure monitoring. This overview illustrates how our unique system works – regardless of the asset you need monitored. Courtesy of SkyX Systems Corporation and YouTube)
The Sky OS software ties everything together.
For clients, xStations are installed along the route. When algorithms tell SkyOne it’s getting close to recharge time, the aircraft autonomously seeks out the next xStation instead of having to return to home base.
The clamshell-like station roof opens automatically; SkyOne then transitions to vertical mode and descends like a helicopter onto the xStation landing pad.
The roof closes, providing safe harbor while SkyOne recharges and performs a complete systems check before continuing on its mission.
(SkyX OS is SkyX’s Fleet Manager Software. It allows the user to configure, schedule and monitor a fleet comprised of multiple UAVs and their complementary landing and charging stations. Courtesy of SkyX Systems Corporation and YouTube)
It’s a green, efficient and pain-free solution that allows clients, as the SkyX motto states, to “Take Charge.”
The complex proprietary engineering behind the xStation was developed completely in-house.
SkyX proved the concept with a scaled-down xStation in August of 2016, and has since pushed ahead to ensure the production xStation is as efficient and robust as possible, built for demanding conditions in a wide range of climates.
For the production models, SkyX has partnered with leading-edge Canadian automated solutions firm CMP. The first xStations are slated to be installed for clients in July of 2017.