A Markham, Ontario startup called SkyX Ltd. emerged from stealth today to share with TechCrunch details about its unique industrial drone designs. The company’s SkyOne drones take off and land like a helicopter, but fly more like an airplane, with a range of up to 65 miles (105 km) per charge. For drone industry nerds, this means they have both VTOL and fixed-wing elements.
SkyX founder and CEO Didi Horn spent his earlier career flying for the Israel Air Force. He told TechCrunch, “I always knew I wanted to develop something around drones and viation for commercial use when I got out. But in consumer there were already great products. There was nothing great for long-range, but that’s where I knew there would be demand. There are millions of kilometers of oil and gas pipelines already built in the world today and they are all at risk of leaks, or terror attacks, you name it.”
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