Video: Watch a lidar-equipped drone create 3D maps as it flies

01 June 2022

Flyability has introduced what it claims is the world’s first collision-tolerant drone equipped with lidar sensors for indoor 3D mapping of underground industrial areas.

Called Elios 3, the drone is powered by a new SLAM engine called FlyAware that allows the drone to create 3D models as it flies. The drone is designed to keep humans out of dangerous places to perform inspection tasks or indoor modeling.

The drone was designed to provide companies with reliable inspection tools that include stabilization, modular payload and the ability to create 3D models in real time while in flight.

The Elios 3 is integrated with the Ouster OS0-32 lidar sensor that allows for the creation of survey-grade 3D models using software to map areas that are out of reach or too dangerous for humans to venture but are critical to support operations of many industries.

The lidar is combined with three optical cameras for combining data and catching unpredictable movement and instruct the flight operator to compensate for the movements.

In the video, Flyability shows the drone navigating caves, pipes and other industrial areas and how the lidar maps are generated in real-time to the pilot. Additionally, the camera shows close ups of inspection areas and where points of interest may reside while inspecting.

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