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Elios

Inspect&explore

Discover the first collision-tolerant flying robot, designed for industrial inspection professionals. Allowing for the first time access to complex, cluttered or indoor places, Elios is unleashing the potential of UAVs in a number of applications where their use was previously too dangerous or simply impossible.

FEATURES

ON BOARD LIGHTING Powerful LEDs for navigation and inspection in dark places. INTEGRATED PAYLOAD Simultaneous full HD and thermal imagery recording, and adjustable tilt angle. PROTECTIVE FRAME POST-MISSIONREVIEW Carbon fiber structure, collision-tolerant up to 15 km/h. Modular design for easy maintenance. After finishing the inspection flight, our software presents mission data for future reference. . LIVE 2.4 GHZ VIDEO FEEDBACK Robust digital video downlink for beyond line of sight operation, even in metallic environments. CONTINOUS OPERATION Batteries can be changed in seconds.

Benefits

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Lower downtime  

Decrease downtime and
inspection costs, avoid confined
space entry and increase
worker safety by remotely
accessing boilers, tanks,
pressure vessels, tunnels and
other complex environments
inside your plant.

easy to pilot

Easy to pilot  

No piloting experience
needed. Simply unpack,
insert the battery and fly
without risk of collision,
damage or injury. The drone
is capable of taking off
and landing in any variety
of environments.

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High resolution imagery  

Elios is capable of delivering
images up to 0.2 mm/px,
even in complete darkness.
Along with its LED lighting
and thermal imagery,
it inspects and explores
the unreachable

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Safe for humans  

Thanks to its protective cage, Elios is safe to fly close and even in contact with humans and the surrounding environment. It can thus be used when the plant is still in operation without any risk of crash or injury.

Tech specs

Flight Modes

TYPES
Manual thrust, altitude hold, pro mode (high speed)

AVAILABILITY
Switch between modes at any time

FAIL SAFES
Auto-landing on low-battery or signal lost

On-Board Electronics

AVIONIC BOARD
Autopilot, thermal video and system management

POWER BOARD
Motors control

Flight System

TYPE
Quadcopter configuration

DIMENSIONS
Fits in < 400mm sphere

MOTORS
4 electric brushless motors

PROPELLERS
4 propellers, 5 inches

TAKE_OFF WEIGHT
700 g including battery, payload & protection

FLIGHT TIME
Up to 10 mn

MAX. CLIMB RATE
1.5 m/s (in normal mode) 2.5 m/s (in pro mode)

MAX. AIRSPEED
3 m/s (in normal mode) 7 m/s (in pro mode)

WIND RESISTANCE
Max. 5m/s (in pro mode)

SENSORS
IMU, magnetometer, barometer

MATERIALS
Carbon fiber composites, magnesium alloy, aeronautical grade aluminum, high-quality thermoplastics

OPERATING TEMPERATURE
0 ºC to 50 °C

Wireless Communication

TYPE
Digital, bidirectional, long range, video and data downlink to remote controller (RC), command and data uplink to UAV

FREQUENCY
2.4 GHz

RANGE
Up to 500 m in direct line of sight

Remote Controller

TYPE
Ergonomic joysticks and payload controls, integrated video outputs

WEIGHT
810 g

OPERATING TEMPERATURE
0 °C to 40 °C

OUTPUT PORTS
HDMI, SDI, USB

BATTERY
6000 mAh, 2S

CONTROLS
Payload settings and aircraft control

OPTIONS

Optional remote controller (camera operator) with video stream reception on a secondary screen, and dual control of camera settings.

System Power

TYPE
Lithium polymer battery, 3 cells, 2800 mAh, 33.08 Wh

CHARGING TIME
1 h

BATTERY CHANGE TIME
< 1 mn

Integrated Payload

PAYLOAD HEAD
Damped from vibrations

UPWARDS TILT
+80 degrees

DOWNWARDS TILT
-60 degrees

Main Camera

VIDEO
FHD (1920 x 1080) at 30 fps, good low light performance, recorded on board and streamed to pilot and camera operator

HORIZONTAL FIELD OF VIEW
130 degrees

VERTICAL FIELD OF VIEW
75 degrees

TOTAL VERTICAL FIELD OF VIEW
215 degrees (considering payload up/down rotation)

CONTROL MODES
Auto with EV correction, full manual mode

Thermal Camera

TYPE
Uncooled FLIR camera core

VIDEO
160 x 120 pixels at 9 fps, recorded on board

HORIZONTAL FIELD OF VIEW
56 degrees

VERTICAL FIELD OF VIEW
42 degrees

Lighting System

TYPE
5 arrays of high-efficiency LEDs for even lighting in front, top, and bottom of the robot

CONTROL
From remote controller, adaptive light beam controlled by camera pitch

POWER
11.4 W nominal power for front lighting, 28 W total installed max.

Operational Safety & Crashworthiness

NAVIGATION LIGHTS
Green and red lights

PROTECTION CAGE
Carbon fiber cage with soft coating, modular subcomponents for maintenance ease, thermoplastic elastomer suspensions, size of openings: triangles of about 11 cm sides allowing for hand to access inside for swapping batteries

COLLISION TOLERANCE
Uniform all around the drone, up to 3 m/s on sharp objects, up to 4 m/s on flat objects

DECOUPLING
3-axes gimbal system, carbon fiber composite ring and transverse beam

Accessories

TRANSPORT CASE
IATA compliant transport case for checked-in luggage, dimensions (approximate): 60 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm

CHARGERS
3 A / 35 W lithium polymer battery balance charger, with charging status indicator, RC charger: 17.4 V, 57 W, tablet USB charger: 5 V

Mobile Application Used During Flight (Elios Cockpit)

FEATURES
Real time video and UAV telemetry, status visualization (remaining battery, payload settings, warnings, etc. ), control payload settings and various configurations.

OPERATING SYSTEM
Android, optimized for tablet provided with UAV system

Post Flight Video, Thermal and Log Analysis (Flyability Inspector)

FEATURES
Video and thermal video viewer (frame by frame), flight log analysis including point of interests recorded during flight, screenshots and flight data export.

OPERATING SYSTEM
Windows 7, 8 and 10 (64 bits only).

PURCHASE

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PRODUCT PURCHASE  

We offer a complete Elios flying kit, including spare parts, training and high-level after sales support. Send us a message to request a quote and learn more about our use cases.

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INSPECTION SERVICE  

Do you have an impossible inspection mission and need our help? Contact us to learn more about our services.

FAQ

How does your solution compare with rigidly attached protection?

Fixed protections only prevent the propellers from breaking, but even protected drones crash when they touch an obstacle. This is because collisions destabilize the drone and they usually cannot recover before hitting the ground. Flyabilty has developed a protection entirely decoupled from the drone itself so that the robot is not affected by collisions: only the external cage is destabilized and the robot can thus continue flying after a contact as if nothing happened!

Does Elios have a thermal camera?

Yes, Elios' full HD camera is complemented by an onboard FLIR thermal camera by default. Using our post-mission analysis software, Flyability Inspector, you will have the possibility to watch the thermal imaging captured during flights.

What is the difference with other drones?

While standard drones currently on the market are amazing machines to fly in open spaces, above obstacles and far from people, they are currently unable to fly close to structures, among people and in the presence of many obstacles. Flyability's Elios is precisely designed for that. With its collision-tolerance allowing access to cluttered places, it forms the perfect complement to standard drones.

How long does the battery last?

Elios can hover for about 10 minutes. We are working hard to improve this on the future products. Keep in mind that this is only flight time, many missions involve landing and operating the camera from different locations; greatly increasing the mission time. Once the battery is empty, it can be exchanged in less than a minutes.

Can it roll instead of flying?

Yes! Elios can roll on any surface: on the ground, but also on walls or ceilings. While flying is often more time-efficient, rolling on surfaces allows Elios to use obstacles for guidance and reach the most inaccessible places.

Can it sense and avoid obstacles?

No, it can't. We took a completely different approach from what research laboratories in robotics are doing. Instead of avoiding obstacles, we decided to tolerate collisions! Collision avoidance systems are very promising, but not reliable enough to grant a risk-free operation in real-life situations.

Elios' collision-tolerance grants reliability in all conditions: when it's dark, in the presence of dust or smoke, or where reflective surfaces are present. In addition, relying on a mechanical intelligence instead of sensors allows for a smaller and lighter product.

What is the price of an Elios?

Elios is available for a purchase at a price of 25'000 USD (excl. taxes, delivery, and service). This includes the drone, a complete ground station, a transport case with spare parts and maintenance material and a one and a half days training at our premises. For an accurate quotation, including taxes, delivery, and service, contact our sales team through our contact form.

Are you looking for agents or distributors?

We are always looking for forward-looking and capable partners to assist us in our geographical expansion. Let us know at sales@flyability.com if you think you can make a difference with Elios.

Can you make Elios smaller/larger?

No. The product comes in one size which is a sphere of 39 cm diameter. It follows the logical approach of being smaller than the smallest standardized manhole. This way Elios can access any place a human can access.

After the mission, how can I localize the pictures taken by the robot?

The attitude of the robot relative to the horizon and the altitude with regards to the take-off point are stored in the drone's memory allowing to identify, post-mission, approximately where the pictures were taken. The use of photogrammetry software to process images taken in flight to reconstruct, in 3d, the area where the robot was operated and to identify its trajectory is unfortunately not working with Elios. Photogrammetry only performs properly in well-lit environments and therefore will not allow performing mapping in dark and dusty confined spaces.