SkyX Drone finishes 100km flight for oil & gas market

SkyX Systems Corporation, the Canadian provider of long-range unmanned aerial monitoring and data collection, has successfully completed an unmanned data collection flight of 100km, one of the longest journeys in its class, the company said.

Taking place in Mexico, the firm successfully flew its SkyOne Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) on an autonomous data mission over more than 100 kilometres of gas pipeline in Mexico. The robotic flight was programmed and monitored remotely from the company´s Greater Toronto Area SkyCenter mission control, with a support crew of engineers on the ground in Mexico.

Using high-resolution imagery, the longest of multiple flights identified more than 200 potentially significant anomalies along the remote pipeline, ranging from unauthorized buildings and cultivation, through to a fissure possibly caused by seismic activity.

The SkyX System consists of an aircraft that takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane, the SkyCenter control room (which allows for real-time and secure mission monitoring from remote locations), and the company´s proprietary SkyBoxes, which allow SkyOne to recharge and continue long-range missions without having to “Return to Home” (a factor that limits nearly every other drone). For more information on SkyX visit http://skyx.com/