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FLYABILITY ELIOS 2

FLYABILITY ELIOS 2

The world’s leading confined space inspection drone

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WE ARE THE UK'S ONLY ELIOS 2 SUPPLIER

  • The UK’s ONLY Gold Reseller
  • Have an ELIOS 1 and need an upgrade? Get in touch with us for a trade-in
  • Make your inspections seamless from start to finish with Inspector 3.0 software
  • You’re in safe hands as our team are trained by Flyability to teach ELIOS 2 piloting
  • We’ll make sure you get full training and ongoing support to operate with confidence

ELIOS 2 RAD

Indoor remote radiation sensing and mapping

Flyability recently announced the latest addition to the ELIOS fleet, the ELIOS 2 RAD. ELIOS 2 RAD offers indoor remote radiation sensing that allows you to safely measure and map nuclear radiation anywhere inside your nuclear station from a non-contaminated zone. Building on an already successful fleet of ELIOS drones, the ELIOS 2 RAD is set to be a game changer for remote inspections.

ELIOS 2 UNBOXING

Maximise your inspection capabilities

✓ The Elios 2 features the most powerful and intelligent lighting system ever built on a commercial drone. It produces 10K Lumen of light for increased situational awareness in large spaces

✓ 7 stability sensors ensure it can hover in place and navigate through unstructured spaces beyond line of sight

✓ Automatic distance lock function ensures smooth inspections of welding or beams

✓ With an overall dimension just below 40 cm (15.7 in) ELIOS 2 fits into standard manholes and can enter any space where an inspection is needed

✓ With its 4K camera optimized for rendering images with a resolution of 0.18 mm/px at 30 cm, Elios 2 provides the level of details professional inspectors would get by standing at an arm’s length of objects of scrutiny

✓ Detecting pitting and cracks has never been easier; Elios 2 features an oblique lighting mode to reveal the texture of surfaces by creating shadows in all asperities

INSPECTOR 3.0

Collect Data you can pinpoint on a Blueprint

Don’t let disorganized data dictate the success of your asset maintenance operations. Start making sense of your ELIOS data in an actionable way:

1 – Visualize
An inspection takes place during and after you fly your drone. The Inspector 3.0 video player lets you review your asset frame by frame and bookmark what’s of interest.

2 – Localize
Your inspection data is mapped into a sparse 3D model of your asset so you’ll always know where your points of interest belong.

3 – Document
Points of interest can be documented, classified, measured, adjusted, overlaid with thermal data, and all of this can be easily packed into a report.

ELIOS 2 PACKAGES

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ELIOS 2 PROFESSIONAL PACKAGE

What’s included?

  • Elios 2 UAV
  • 2.4 GHz digital RC and video receiver
  • Samsung android tablet
  • Transport case
  • Battery storage safe bag
  • Toolbox with all required tools for maintenance
  • Micro SD cards – 1x 32 GB, 1x 64 GB
  • Spare cage pentagons
  • Pack of 4 propellers
  • Robot battery charger
  • Robot batteries
  • Introductory Training
  • Unlimited phone and email support
  • Extended warranty (24 months total)
  • A2CofC Online Course
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ELIOS 2 PROFESSIONAL PACKAGE & RANGE EXTENDER

*Recommended for Tank Inspection

What’s included?

  • Elios 2 UAV
  • 2.4 GHz digital RC and video receiver
  • Samsung android tablet
  • Transport case
  • Battery storage safe bag
  • Toolbox with all required tools for maintenance
  • Micro SD cards – 1x 32 GB, 1x 64 GB
  • Spare cage pentagons
  • Pack of 4 propellers
  • Robot battery charger
  • Robot batteries
  • Introductory Training
  • Unlimited phone and email support
  • Extended warranty (24 months total)
  • A2CofC Online Course
  • Range extender – 20m antenna extension cable and additional GCS
  • Supply of support equipment in the event of sudden demand (upcoming job during lead time)
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FLYABILITY INSPECTOR 3.0 SOFTWARE

Visualise, localise, and document your inspection data so your team and clients can use it to make critical decisions.

The mapping feature of Inspector 3.0 relies on Visual-Inertial Odometry (VIO). VIO estimates the position and velocity of Elios 2 by using only the input of the main camera plus the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) attached to it. VIO is a viable alternative to GPS and lidar-based odometry to achieve accurate state estimation.

Add Flyability Inspector 3.0 onto any of our ELIOS 2 Packages for an additional £3,000

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

You can use the Elios 2 to capture both visual and thermal data as it carries an optical camera, a thermal camera, and a powerful lighting system.

The ELIOS 2’s payload comes with:

  • A 4K Ultra HD camera
  • A FLIR thermal camera
  • LED lighting with 10,000 lumens.

ELIOS 2 also captures a few other types of data:

  • Visual data
  • Thermal data
  • Measurement data
  • Flight parameter data
  • Aircraft information

The short answer to this question is about 10 minutes.

Can the flight time be further increased?

As you must have understood the ELIOS 2 is engineered for indoor use and, as such, can’t be compared like for like to any other aircraft on the market. Its configuration makes it the best of its kind to navigate confined spaces and manage collisions. It is also one of the only drones that can pretty much land anywhere, which may significantly extend the mission time depending on the asset configuration

However, due to its size and the limited amount of space available inside the cage, the ELIOS 2 has smaller propellers than its outdoor counterparts with a similar weight. The consequence of this is a higher disk loading (thrust/propulsion surface), which requires a higher propeller rotation speed leading to a reduced motor efficiency and a much higher noise level. In other words, the ELIOS 2 is not optimized for flight performance but collision resilience.

When the ELIOS 2 was engineered the size was factored in first. Then Flyability had to find the best compromise between flight time and the ability to sustain and recover from collisions. If you are looking into inspecting confined spaces and want to reach success in your venture, you’ll have to consider trading a few minutes of flight time against the peace-of-mind provided by a design field-proven for indoor use.

How can I ensure this is enough for my mission?

Whether our products fit your needs is up to your judgment. In the end, only you know how and where you want to use drones. However, here are a few points to consider when assessing if the flight time of ELIOS 2 is enough for your mission.

It takes only a few seconds to swap an empty battery for a full one. If you go through proper mission planning, you can easily breakdown your inspection into unitary flight segments, which are covered in less than 10 minutes. Every flight segment will be performed with a full battery, and you will come back to your base station to swap the battery in between flights. These breaks in your flight plan is also an excellent opportunity to review the footage captured during the last flight and ensure you’ve got all the data you need. When planning for the acquisition of an ELIOS 2, it is essential to consider the number of batteries you’ll need. We recommend 9 batteries for a full day of inspection, provided that you can set up a charging station on the spot.

Confined spaces are usually small. One could argue that a lot of time is lost in getting back and forth from the base station to the spot to inspect, and this is true. However, confined spaces are usually small, so the distance base-station – point-of-interest is rarely discriminatory to deploy our technology, leaving plenty of time to capture the data you need. Keep in mind that if you don’t do it with a drone, a living person will have to do it, or it won’t be done at all. The choice is yours.

The drone is not ATEX rated.

There’s not a good track record of drone companies trying to produce ATEX products. There was one french company that tried called Xamen – You can look them up – They went bankrupt last year. They were bankrolled by TOTAL – So not exactly lightweight.

The two main issues with ATEX rating are; the propellors and the static energy they create, and the battery. Even if you were to switch to wood propellors you would still have the battery. Nonetheless, the majority of our clients, especially here in the UK come from the Oil and Gas industry. So for the most part, a hot work permit would give you all the leeway you need in order to operate in a tank or another ATEX regulated area.

There is a great article where you can read more about this subject on Flyability’s website.

Flyability have done inspections inside nitrogen-filled environments and it works fine, you just need to have a safe recovery system. Obviously if for whatever reason, the drone can’t be recovered safely after the inspection then either you wait for the area to be purged with oxygen or you need to ensure that you can recover the drone without sending a person in there – which negates the idea of using drones to avoid people going into confined spaces.

We have tested it and it works.

A lot of it comes down to prior knowledge of the asset. So you would never fly into an area where you do not have access to blueprints or are not stood next to the engineer that can tell you; “so from here you go there… ETC”. A lot of it comes down to practice, there is a learning curve, tunnels are notoriously difficult, sewers are the same, a boiler or a pressure vessel are relatively easy to navigate.

Included in our ELIOS 2 package is an in-depth handover including training that plays a huge part in adopting the technology into your business. The training includes not just how to fly the drone but also how to plan an inspection from A to B including battery management and risk avoidance.

The main mission of the company and it’s purpose is to avoid putting humans into confined spaces.

It’s a product that has a pitch for everyone that you talk to inside a company. If you’re talking to the CFO – you show them the kinds of savings that can be made on inspecting confined spaces, they will be blown away. If you’re speaking to an operations manager then you can tell him that he doesn’t need to put his people up a scaffold or on a rope to inspect a chimney – He’s going to be really happy with that. And when you talk to the maintenance people you can tell them that you can cut in half the shutdown time. Once again, it’s going to be an immediate win.

So regardless of who you pitch it to there is a positive argument to be made; in terms of money, health and safety and business efficiency.

Price is on application so if you’d like a quote then get in touch with us on the form below. There are Finance options if you’d like to add the ELIOS 2 to your fleet but spread out the cost of the payment, for example you could pay £800-£1K pm for 3 years.

INDUSTRIES USING ELIOS DRONES

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UTILITIES

Wind, Tunnel, Culvert, Nuclear plants, Recovery boilers.

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OIL AND GAS

Chimney, Offshore Rigs, Oil Tanker, Storage Tanks, Drilling Ships.

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CHEMICALS

Pipe Racks, Cables, Storage Silos.

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MINING

Open stops, Drop Raise, Conveyor Belt, SAG Mills, Stockpile Feeders, Crushers.

ADOPTING THE ELIOS 2

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“Leave your details and I’ll get in touch to find out if the ELIOS 2 is the right solution for you.”

George Burne, Business Development Manager for the Inspection Industry 

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