The Sky Guys launch first drone through its new technology division

The Sky Guys, a Toronto-based company that offers drone videography, mapping and inspection services, has launched its first drone, the DX-3, through a new technology division called Defiant Labs.

The drone is specifically designed to monitor and inspect remote areas for purposes ranging from inspection of oil and gas pipelines to disaster relief and security. The DX-3’s long fixed wings allow for gliding, which helps with power efficiency and extends the distance it can travel. Despite its wings and bulk, however, it’s still able to take-off vertically.

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“The DX-3 will fundamentally change the drone industry,” said Adam Sax, CEO and founder of The Sky Guys in a statement, later adding: “This is Canadian technology, it is world-leading technology and we will design, manufacture and produce the DX-3 in Canada. The DX-3 is robust, capable for operation and deployment in challenging conditions like rain, desert or arctic. It’s only fitting that a Canadian company would make a drone that can endure and withstand environmental extremes.”

The DX-3 promises a 1,500 kilometre range of use, can carry up to three kilograms of payload and over 24-hours of endurance with satellite link. Integrated sensors such as high-resolution optical zoom cameras are also included, and LIDAR can be included for mapping.

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Sax also noted that The Sky Guys partnered with NVIDIA to build proprietary technology based on their learning algorithms, allowing the company to provide predictive analytics, based off of advanced image processing data, to its customers.

“Because the basic platform is AI-enabled the patterns and possibilities are endless,” said Sax.

There’s still a while to go before the DX-3 hits the market, however. Flight-testing and pre-orders of the DX-3 begin mid-2017.

This article was originally published on MobileSyrup. Photos courtesy MobileSyrup.

  • Randy

    I highly doubt this thing can take off and land vertically, given the size of the wings, and the position of the middle fans. If modern quad copters need 6 rotors to lift 20 pounds, I don’t think those tiny fans are sufficient.

    • drone_hobbyist

      Exactly. That’s not possible with just two motors as it is only neutrally stable in pitch. In control engineering, you simply can’t control 6 Degree of Freedom (x,y,z,roll,pitch,yaw) with 2 actuators. The motors are placed so close to the middle, which mean a large amount of thrust is required to overcome the large moment arm from the wing. The fuselage is also so small it can barely fit anything. Any person with an engineering degree will easily know that this is a joke and will stay on the ground forever.

  • John

    This seems very far from being ready, made by a company with little to no experience in aerospace and tech – good marketing, lots of buzz words. Let’s see if it can live up to the hype. I fear it will be an incredibly difficult market space to enter – especially at such a high price point and with no reputation or experience. Generating a brand and waiting for deep pockets to buy-in to their pipe-dream I reckon……

  • Begless

    Seems like a scam to me. Limited specs provided and even they don’t add up. The commercial drone space is already crowded with well established players. (SenseFly, Skycatch, PrecisionHawk, Kespry).

    Keeping in mind that this company is a drone service provider with little to no hardware and software development experience, I would be surprised if this drone actually gets launched.

    Even though drones are becoming more commonplace and the market outlook is positive, standalone drone service providers will struggle to sustain their business. A recent loosening of regulations in the U.S, increased ease-of-use and a decrease in hardware and software costs will result in greater competition. Their own customers are also likely to eventually purchase their own drone technology and cut out the middle-man.

    That is why I think this move is merely a last ditch effort to secure additional funding from investors to keep their business afloat.