Among the various calls for help on behalf of Ukraine during the Russian invasion, software company Skylum offered a way for you to donate a surveillance drone that could help safeguard Ukrainian civilians from the ravages of war.
“You can help Ukrainians to protect themselves as your drone will provide real-time pictures of the situation on the ground,” Skylum said in a blog post Thursday.
Drones for Ukraine
Bellevue, Washington-based Skylum, which makes AI-powered Luminar photo-editing software for Mac and PC, was founded as Macphun Software in Ukraine in 2009.
Skylum’s blog post – entitled “Ukraine asks for your help. We can protect civilians with drones ”- emphasized the non-military use of any donated drones, intended for surveillance only.
“Donate your drone so we can ensure the safety of Ukrainian citizens,” he said. “Your drone will remain unarmed and will be used for surveillance purposes only.”
However, the post left out details about how the drones will be deployed in Ukraine.
Donate a drone to protect Ukrainian civilians
More from Skylum’s blog post:
Now, as Russia invaded Ukraine and is trying to shatter everything that the Skylum Team stands for, we’re asking our photography friends for support.
You can help Ukrainians to protect themselves as your drone will provide real-time pictures of the situation on the ground. Our defenders can act faster and more decisively with the help of drones and provide better security to civilians with prior warnings about imminent danger. Your drone will be saving lives!
This unjustified war in the middle of Europe has to be put to an end, and you can make your contribution. Share this information with your drone community and on social media.
Drones you can donate (plus next steps)
Skylum’s blog post indicates the following drones are needed:
- DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
- DJI Dron Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual
- Autel Evo 2
- DJI Air 2S
- DJI Mavic Air 2
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro
- DJI Mini
After that, the post provided a contact for more information regarding donations, including where to ship the hardware.
“To get further information please contact Sabina Iliasova from Skylum Team at [email protected],” the post said. “She will provide you with further support and information about the delivery address.”
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