The Drone X Challenge (DXC) 2020 is an initiative by Krypto Labs. Krypto Labs, the global innovation hub based in Abu Dhabi, has announced the shortlisted teams from Phase II of the Drone X Challenge 2020, and the opening of Phase III. This global US$1.5 million challenge is pushing the frontiers of drone development, focusing on transportation and delivery.
The shortlisted teams from Phase II, where applicants were required to develop a viable drone system capable of achieving specific minimum endurance and payload carrying capacities, have automatically qualified to participate in Phase III – the final stage of the challenge, set to award US$1 million in prizes.
During the second phase of the challenge, Krypto Labs received a total of 495 applications from 50 countries, with the final shortlist including Weslax. DXC 2020 will support innovative commercial applications/solutions that tackle two major challenges: payload capacity and flight endurance. Weslax is qualified in the category of Hydrocarbon/Hybrid Powered with a minimum payload of 50 kg and minimum endurance of 180 min.
Commenting on the launch of the final phase of the challenge, Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi, Managing Director of Krypto Labs, said, “Drones have the potential to disrupt major industries and our very notion of delivery transportation. By producing drones that carry heavy payloads, we can truly revolutionize the means of traditional and current transportation systemsAt Krypto Labs, we assist transformational entrepreneurship, which represents disruptive invention at its finest. Through DXC 2020, we are pushing the frontiers of drone innovation, and we are getting closer to realizing our goal as we embark on the final phase by the end of this year. In the region, the UAE is leading the drone market, and we are proud to be contributing to the UAE’s ecosystem by encouraging startups to reach new horizons, where the limits are endless, and their products can make an impact that is bound to change the way we go about our daily lives.”