The Coronavirus Effect: Skydio Forced to Stop Shipping Drones

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CA-based Skydio has been forced to stop shipping drones due to the Covid-19 “Stay at home” order in force in northern California.

Skydio drones are assembled in a factory in the U.S.   Some parts are manufactured overseas, and Skydio, like other drone manufacturers, experienced production delays when the coronavirus first hit China.  Now, workers at the company have been forced with the rest of the area to stay home.  The Stay Home order has been mandatory since March 31, and is a legally enforceable order under California state law.

Skydio’s website now holds the following announcement:

We are currently unable to ship orders.

Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, our local manufacturing in California has temporarily halted operations. All of our Bay Area employees have been advised by the state of California to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as part of the Bay Area Shelter in Place directive, which is active through early April. We’re closely monitoring these developments, but please note that we are unable to fulfill any Skydio orders at this time. For more information on this statewide directive, please see this page. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time, and we sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Our Skydio Support team is here if you have any questions or need any help.

Skydio’s affordable autonomous drone has been in demand since it was announced last year.  As the current crisis impacts the entire drone industry, most buyers should be willing to wait until the stay home order is lifted – and in the meantime, Skydio with other California companies is doing the best thing they can to protect their workers and communities.

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Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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