Ahhhh... but isn’t the Skydio model with night flight only targeted to the Enterprise focused X2... we small shops or consumers can’t acquire.
Unless you feel the S3 will gain these features.
If S3, then purchase the S2 and enjoy... the S3, 4 and 5 will all follow but not worth waiting on if not near their release.
Such as Mavic Air 2, I’ll wait for the M3P... it’s in final stages, they likely pulled it back to increase features or components to compete with recently released crafts.
On the new model lineup... if Skydio has received large contributions to develop Govt / Military sUAV. Their interest may change and the consumer market may become a minor interest. The growth of the S-series may slow in the not to distant future. Their ( Skydio) consumer market share is minimal and Govt has much less competition and greater focus to specific paths... most small companies if could choose would likely pick Govt.
So I contacted Skydio about purchasing an X2. They asked, "How many?" and I replied, "2".... They politely told me they weren't interested but if they change their minds, they'd let me know.... Hahahaha!
As far as night flight goes, there's already drones with infrared obstacle avoidance on the market. It's distance and thus speed limited but reasonably effective. Ultrasonic/sonar/radar could be used as well. It wouldn't be that difficult considering the processing power of the Skydio platform.
I do hydroelectric dam surveys now and want to do crane inspections, it's why I purchased the Skydio 2 in the first place, the susceptibility to WiFi interference nixed that idea! I'm hoping that the next version (S3?) will include the new transmission system and that CONTROLLER!!!
I was surprised and very disappointed this morning to be told by Skydio that they’re not planning to make the X2 available to existing customers, only to large enterprises in large orders - it was described as “reserved for larger-scale operations which include Skydio X2 and the new Enterprise Skills.”