Throughout the 21st century, communications technologies like mobile operating systems, online streaming, and small orbital satellites have exploded into the technosphere, paving the way for the emergence of highly efficient telepresence technologies to revolutionize the way humans interact with their environment. Telepresence technologies allow a person to experience and interact with remote spaces, in real-time, and stand to upend the way numerous industries operate.
Among those leveraging these technologies in the defense, market is XTEND, whose state-of-the-art, human-guided drone operating systems are designed to enable anyone to experience, interact with, and fly in remote environments—anywhere, anytime.
Built to Meet a Growing market
In the defense sector specifically, U.S. spending has grown by 70 percent over the last six years, from $5.3 billion in 2013 to $9.1 billion in 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. On top of this, it’s estimated that the global drone economy will grow from $15 billion to $90 billion by 2030. XTEND’s unique technology expertise and signature drone solutions are set to meet this growing demand head on.
The XTEND team consists of the best minds in Aeronautics, Flight Algorithms, Mechanical Design, System Architecture, UX/UI, and Operations and Integration Specialists. Following a joint R&D program led by the Israel Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense, this team has produced a combat-proven, human-guided drone system with an immersive remote interface that protects troops from various inbound aerial threats.
Introducing XTEND’s Game-Changing SKYLORD Solution
XTEND’s SKYLORD family of drones—which includes (1) SKYLORD GRIFFON, a tactical mid-range counter-unmanned aircraft system (c-UAS) solution; (2) SKYLORD XTENDER, a micro-tactical intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) solution; and (3) SKYLORD WOLVERINE, a tactical pick and drop arm system—has seen strong demand in the government, defense, counter-terrorism, and homeland security sectors, with additional interest in physical security.
The value proposition for SKYLORD is simple: Dispatching drones, in lieu of human operators, into high-risk military scenarios minimizes the risk to human life, extends soldier’s abilities, and allows operators the ability to confront unconventional threats. Optimized for ground-based air defense (GBAD), these c-UAS solutions are built to perform in any situation, from urban warfare to subterranean (Sub-T) operations, counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) initiatives to counter-drone interceptions.
Using a combination of real-time VR/ARUX technologies, heuristic predictive visual and spatial technologies, 3D computer vision, and industry-leading, proprietary operating systems—XTEND’s SKYLORD platform is bringing human intelligence and machine autonomy together to superpower soldier’s abilities and, simultaneously, save soldiers’ lives.
In every sense of the phrase, the possibilities for Human-Centric Machine Interface technologies are endless. XTEND has set out to realize these possibilities and break the limits of physical reality, so our lives will no longer be limited by our locations or our capabilities—only by our imagination.