Earlier this year, SkyX released the following video entering the surveillance market for oil and gas pipelines. The video reveals a vertical takeoff and landing UAV combining helicopter and fixed wing technology. The company claims SkyX autonomously charges itself, detecting battery life and distance to a charge station.
SkyX is tackling the pipeline inspection industry. The inspection industry has relied on manual labor to inspect the pipeline either via a ground crew or by helicopter. This 2013 article on the same topic reported that it cost $3,000 an hour to rent a helicopter to inspect pipeline. Instead, SkyX is offering a subscription service for oil and gas pipeline companies to use their services. SkyX claims their UAVs can be equipped with a multitude of equipment to detect leaks, oil flares, security breaches, and more