Elios Drones

Discover the first collision-tolerant drone, designed for the inspection and exploration of the most inaccessible places. Allowing for the first time to fly in complex, cluttered or indoor spaces, Elios unleashes the potential of UAVs in numerous applications where their use was previously too dangerous or simply impossible.

Spherical, the protective frame comes in one size only. With a diameter just below 400 mm, it is slightly smaller than the smallest standard manhole. 4m/s 400mm Elios’ protective frame is made up of carbon Fiber covered with a soft coating. It can sustain collisions, evenly, all around the drone at a speed reaching up to 4 m/s. Built with modular subcomponents it eases the maintenance process and offers openings Large enough to fit one’s hand and access the battery container or SD card compartments. Patented by Flyability, the protective frame is a unique and pragmatic approach to flying indoors, in complex and confined spaces and in contact with people. Discarding the need to sense and avoid obstacles, you can start inspecting and exploring – without waiting – the hardest places to reach. The protective frame of Elios is no ordinary one. It is decoupled on three axes from the inner frame – the drone – using a gimbal mechanism. This ingenious decoupling mechanism is what allows Elios to remain stable in the event of a collision.

Technical Spec Elios

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 10min
MAX.CLIMB RATE: 1.5 m/s (in normal mode) 2.5 m/s (in pro mode)
MAX.AIRSPEED: 6.5 m/s (in normal mode) 9 m/s (in pro mode) WIND RESISTANCE: Max 5m/s (in pro mode)
FLIGHT SENSORS: IMU, magnetometer, barometer
MATERIALS: Carbon fiber composites, magnesium alloy, aeronautical grade aluminium, high quality thermoplastic


WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

TYPE: Digital, bidirectional, long range
Video and data downlink to RC
Command uplink to UAV
FREQUENCY: 2.4GHz
RANGE: Up to 500m in direct line of sight
REMOTE CONTROLLER
TYPE: Ergonomic Joysticks and Payload controls
Integrated video outputs
WEIGHT: 810g
OPERATING TEMP: 0°C to 40°C
OUTPUT PORT: HDMI, SDI, USB
BATTERY: 6000 mAh 2S
CONTROLS: Payload settings and aircraft control Optional Remote Controller (Camera operator) with video stream reception on secondary screen, and dual control of camera settings.

SYSTEM POWER

TYPE: Lithium polymer battery, 3 cells, 2800mAh, 33.08Wh
CHARGING TIME: 1h
BATTERY CHANGE: < 1 minute
INTEGRATED PAYLOADS
PAYLOAD HEAD: Damped from vibrations
UPWARDS TILT: +65 degrees
DOWNWARDS TILT: -60 degrees


MAIN CAMERA

VIDEO: FHD (1920 x 1080) at 30fps, good low light performance, recorded on board and streamed to pilot and camera operator
HORIZONTAL FOV: 130 degrees
VERTICAL FOV: 75 degrees
TOTAL VERTICAL FOV: 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 9fps, recorded on board
HORIZONTAL FOV: 56 degree
VERTIFCAL FOV: 42 degree
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: 11.4W nominal power for front lighting, 28W total installed max.

OPERATIONAL SAFETY & CRASHWORTHINESS

NAVIGATION LIGHTS: Green (starboard) and red (port) lights.
PROTECTION CAGE: Carbon fiber cage with soft coating, modular subcomponents for maintenance ease. Thermoplastic elastomer suspensions. Size of openings: triangles of about 11cm sides. Allows for hand to access inside to swap batteries.
COLLISION TOLERANCE: Uniform all around the drone. Up to 3m/s on sharp objects, up to 4m/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: 5V


GROUND STATION SOFTWARE

MOBILE APPLICATION USED DURING FLIGHT
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

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.

Accessories - Range Extender

GENERAL OPERATING TEMP

Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °CFEATURES:

Compatible with Elios batteries

Built out of 4 replaceable submodules (power module, antenna module, 2m cable,  and 20m cable)

CABLES FEATURES

1 x 2m cable between the remote controller and the power module.1 x 20m cable between the power module and the antenna module.


ANTENNA MODULE RUGGEDIZATION

Dust and splash resistant

FEATURES

Integrated antennas Standard fixation thread Reflective stickers. Easy to extract


POWER MODULE FEATURES

Informs the user about the remaining level of battery

Warning when low battery Slot with strap for battery Buckle to attach the system to surrounding environment