Safe Collision Tolerant Flying Robot for Industrial Inspection

Flyability has introduced Elios, 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.

Drone technology is steadily being incorporated as a sustainable practice for asset managers in various industries. Nonetheless, current solutions are unable to operate close to structures or in contact with operators, restricting effective inspection in complex environments. While conventional methods are still required for maintenance, preliminary inspection can be performed at lower inspection cost and downtime. Risks are also decreased by avoiding confined space entry and remotely accessing boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, ballast tanks, tunnels and other complex environments inside plants or hazardous work environments.

By allowing drones to fly safely in cities, inside buildings, and in contact with people, Flyability enables new interactions and services with UAVs and solve the two most critical issues of one of the fastest growing industries: collision and injury risks.

Elios carries its own protective carbon fiber frame structure, collision-tolerant up to 15km/h (8.8 mph), allowing access to the tightest spaces without any risk of crashing. There is no need to focus on avoiding obstacles as Elios bounces off and roll on them to find its way. With live 2.4 GHZ video feedback providing a robust digital video down-link for beyond line of sight operation, even in metallic environments. Integrated payload provides simultaneous full HD and thermal imagery with on board lighting provided by powerful LEDs for navigational and inspection in dark places with adjustable tilt angle.

When flying in contact with a surface Elios can gather close-up images with a sub-millimeter resolution of 0.2 mm/px. The camera video stream is recorded on board, on an SD card housed in the payload head. It is also streamed to the pilot at a lower resolution. The Full HD camera offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second, performs well in low light and automatically corrected by default. The Exposure Value (EV) of the captured images can also be remotely adjusted from the ground station.

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Mounted on a rotatable head the cameras can capture images looking above and below the drone. The full HD camera offers a total field of view of 215º and a horizontal field of view of 130º while the thermal camera offers a total vertical field of view of 42º and a horizontal field of view of 56º.

Flyability will be demonstrating Elios on Booth 3126 Hall 3 at this year Control Exhibition in Stuttgart April 24-27th.

For more information: www.flyability.com

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