Applications Open for Drone X Challenge 2020 Phase II

Published: 15 Jul 2019

Drone X Challenge 2020

Krypto Labs, the global innovation hub with a unique ecosystem for funding ground-breaking startups, has announced the opening of Phase II of Drone X Challenge (DXC) 2020. This global multimillion-dollar challenge aims to push the frontiers of innovation in drone technologies, with a focus on high payload capacity and long flight endurance UAVs.

The Drone X Challenge 2020 is Krypto Labs’ most rewarding initiative to date and is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, researchers, university students and established companies. Teams wanting to apply for Drone X Challenge 2020 Phase II will have to develop a drone system capable of achieving the minimum endurance and payload as per the category they are applying to.


  • Fixed-wing drones battery powered
  • Fixed-wing drones hybrid/hydrocarbon powered
  • Multi-rotor drones battery powered
  • Multi-rotor drones hybrid/hydrocarbon powered

Drone X Challenge 2020 is divided in 3 phases and a final event, providing US$1 Million Final Prize. The outstanding applications that meet the requirements of Phase II will collectively receive US$300,000 in R&D grants.

The shortlisted teams of Phase I received US$320,000 in R&D grants, which required applicants to provide a technical proposal detailing the design of a drone capable of meeting the minimum requirements of payload and endurance.

The shortlisted teams of Drone X Challenge 2020 Phase I are:

  • RigiTech from Switzerland
  • Forward Robotics from Canada
  • Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) from Taiwan
  • KopterKraft from Germany
  • DV8 Tech from USA
  • Richen Power from China
  • Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) from Taiwan
  • Vulcan UAV Ltd from UK.

Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi, Managing Director of Krypto Labs said: “This competition aligns with our efforts in contributing to the development of drone technology globally. We aim to redefine the way drone technologies are impacting our lives, and Krypto Labs is proud to be leading the way in the region by supporting startups, established companies, and industries involved in the field of drone development. By catalyzing and supporting these cutting-edge solutions, we aim to continue leveraging disruptive technologies that can create value and make an impact.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.