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Skydio factory

Many companies rely on overseas manufacturing, but Skydio makes its own drones at its headquarters in Redwood City, California.

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Skydio 2 drone

The $1,000 Skydio 2 drone has four propellers, six navigation cameras, a belly-mounted removeable camera and a 4K main camera to shoot video.

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Skydio CEO Adam Bry

Skydio CEO Adam Bry stands by one fo the company's Skydio 2 drone. Drone manufacturing isn't as mature a process as making phones or PCs, he says.

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Skydio 2 drone calibration

A robot calibrates a Skydio 2 drone's orientation controls in a room papered with QR codes.

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Skydio wind blast

A Skydio employee blasts a Skydio 2 drone with a leaf blower to see if it can withstand strong winds.

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Skydio drone history

Skydio's headquarters in Redwood City, California, shows off earlier drone models. At right is the the first product that went on sale in 2018.

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Skydio headquarters in Redwood City, California

Before manufacturing comes design. Skydio's development lab is decorated with remote-control model aircraft hanging on the walls and ceiling.

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Skydio drone assembly line

A short production line is at work building Skydio 2 drones.

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Skydio programmer

Skydio is a drone AI navigation company at its core, which means software is a crucial part of the company's work. Programmers get giant 4K TV screens to use as monitors if they want.

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Skydio controller manufacturing

A Skydio employee stamps a company logo on to an R2 drone joystick controller.

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Skydio 2 beacon controller

The Skydio 2 beacon controller

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Skydio 2 joystick controller

The Skydio 2 joystick controller has a spring-loaded clasp for a phone.

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Skydio 2 drone

The Skydio 2 drone

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