A drone that sits in its own geodesic sphere
Another theme at Xponential was that of drone makers pursuing more finely segmented niches. An example is this collision-tolerant UAV from Flyability SA in Switzerland. The Elios sits in its own geodesic carbon-fiber frame. This lets the UAV fly through structures such as the piping system shown here where there is a high liklihood of collisions. The typical mission for the drone is for inspections. Because it is generally pretty dark inside piping and other potential objects of inspection, Elios carries its own LEDs and thermal imaging sensors.
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