In another industry first, DJI has partnered with Swiss aerial technology company Flyability to integrate the Lightbridge 2, an ultra-reliable image transmission system, with the collision-tolerant Elios aircraft. Elios is the first UAV designed for inspection and exploration of inaccessible or confined spaces. With a robust enclosure giving the system the ability to withstand impact, the Elios leverages Lightbridge 2 technology to reliably navigate complex structures and metallic environments.
Thanks to its freely rotating spherical protective frame and flight control algorithms, the Elios can enter and make its way through intricate structures such as power plant boilers — tall structures that can be up to 300 ft. (~100m) in height with multiple pipes, without risking damage to the aircraft or structure. Traditionally, these dark and narrow structures would be inspected manually with surveyors rappelling down or by climbing on scaffolding, putting them at risk for injury and causing high costs due to downtime.