Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, has released the Skiron Expeditionary sUAS (SKIRON-X), a Group 2 fixed-wing eVTOL sUAS designed for deployment across a wide variety of environments.
With an EO/IR camera that provides excellent ground resolution, a low noise signature, and a military-grade radio, SKIRON-X is well suited for airborne ISR missions. For operations requiring a variable or custom payload, SKIRON-X has a modular nosecone design enabling quick payload swaps and custom integrations.
SKIRON-X operations are quick to train, and user-friendly mission planning software makes it easy to implement mission changes, even during flight. According to Aurora, it takes 15 minutes from setup to launch and 10 minutes to pack out. The air vehicle is FAA PART 107 compliant, providing flexibility to fly in more areas for testing, training, and data collection.
“At Aurora, we are excited to bring to market a product that is both simple to deploy and highly capable,” said Mike Caimona, president and CEO. “We are looking forward to supporting our customers with the customized features and services they need to take SKIRON-X into the field and collect aerial data that is critical to their mission.”
The first customer for SKIRON-X is Bridger Aerospace. Bridger has purchased two systems and will deploy them for the 2023 fire season. The SKIRON-X sUAS will complement the company’s growing aviation fleet to provide data and imagery to help firefighters be more effective and safer. Aurora will provide customer support while continuing product development and testing activities to optimize the product for Bridger and for additional customer use cases.