While consumer fascination with drones has been well-established, it has taken longer for the business case to come into focus. Over the years, however, tech developers have advanced numerous features that offer benefits for industries, from standard logistics to emergency response and agriculture, among others.
The newest drone on the block proves suitable for many interesting applications, with one unique twist: it’s American-made.
Skyfire Consulting, a Marietta, Georgia-based drone technology company with an eye toward public safety and critical infrastructure, reported the launch of the SF2, described as a “payload-agnostic, rugged, and durable 22-inch mid-sized multirotor aircraft designed for the extreme environments found in public safety missions.”
Skyfire describes SF2’s capabilities as suitable for search and rescue missions or accident reconstruction with a goal to get people home safely.
Perhaps even more compelling, this purpose-built device is being manufactured in the U.S. — no doubt thanks to Skyfire’s 2020 acquisition of Viking Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., a Maine-based designer and manufacturer of military drones.
The SF2’s lightweight, foldable configuration boasts user-selectable cameras and sensors, as well as a remote controller that can span six miles. An aerospace-grade aluminum and carbon fiber body will allow the drone to stand up to rugged environments.
Founder and CEO Matt Sloane said the drone is the “natural progression” of Skyfire.
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