Flyability introduces Elios (May 3rd 2016):
The first collision-tolerant UAV for the inspection and exploration of confined and complex spaces
Flyability presents for the first time at the AUVSI Xponential conference its Elios drone. Based on a patented protective cage and flight control algorithms and inspired by the flight of insects, Elios is the first collision-tolerant Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It answers the two major challenges of flying robotics: managing obstacles and collisions, and increasing safety of operation.
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. “UAVs have the potential to change the way we work, play and communicate” said Dr. Adrien Briod, CTO of Flyability, “but current solutions can’t safely operate close to structures and people, where we need them the most. With Elios, we are bringing these possibilities to reality.”
A UAV designed and field-tested for industrial inspection
After 5 years of R&D, Flyability has been operating its product for one year on the field, together with customers focusing on industrial inspection in Energy, Oil & Gas, Maritime and Heavy Industries. With an on-board HD camera, a thermal camera, and a powerful embedded lighting system, the platform also features a highly robust digital video transmission to ensure a live video feed even when Elios is navigating beyond line of sight and in metallic environments. Typical applications include the inspection of boilers, tanks, vessels, stacks, and any other confined and complex space, even in complete darkness.
Avoid sending humans in confined spaces
Human access in confined spaces for inspection is dangerous, and hundreds of fatalities are reported yearly worldwide. Sending robots instead of humans in dangerous situations is a common goal for end-users and technology developers. However, current robotic solutions were often unable to access these rough and complex spaces. By allowing a UAV to bump on obstacles during its flight, Elios is the first solution for many of these environments.
Reduce inspection costs and downtime
Traditional access methods require scaffolding, sky climbers, bucket trucks or rope access. While these expensive and time consuming methods are still needed for maintenance work, the inspection work can now be done at a fraction of the cost and of the time. This allows reducing the downtime of infrastructures and Elios thus often allows to break even in as little as a single day of operation.
An unmatched safety and ease of use
As piloting mistakes are allowed with Elios, it is an ideal tool also for inspection professionals who are not trained pilots. Only a few days of practice are needed before performing the first jobs. With its protective cage, it is safe to fly close to humans, and can thus be used while the factories are still in operation.
Flyability’s Elios is available right now for purchase in a limited number of units, with larger scale production scheduled for end-2016. Together with partners, Flyability is also providing data acquisition and inspection services.
Flyability is a Swiss company building safe drones for inaccessible places. By allowing drones to be used safely in cities, inside buildings, and in contact with people, it enables new interactions and services with UAVs and solving the two most critical issues of one of the fastest growing industries: collisions and injury risks. The company’s first market is in industrial inspection where it avoids sending people in dangerous and confined spaces for the inspection of Energy, Heavy Industries, Oil & Gas and Maritime assets. It is also working with Search & Rescue and security professionals to assess emergency situations without putting humans at risk. Flyability is the winner of the 1M USD Drones for Good Award 2015 and over 10 other technology and business prizes.
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