ObliX

“Never-Landing” Airship

There are many use cases for which conventional drones today lack endurance, safety, or both. ObliX is an unmanned airship that solves these problems: It can fly for an entire day, allows precise maneuvering even in windy conditions, and is safe to operate over people.

Public Safety

Public Safety.

Situational awareness, crime deterrence, etc.

Inspections

Long-Range Inspections.

Pipelines, power transmission, railways, vegetation management, etc.

Entertainment

Entertainment.

Advertising, video streaming, etc.

Plus many more, including construction site monitoring, precision agriculture, anti-poaching surveillance, research, deliveries, etc.

Key Features

Endurance

Endurance.

Equipped with solar panels, ObliX can stay airborne for up to 8 hours and cover up to 100 miles.

Maneuverability

Maneuverability.

ObliX’s novel engine layout and sophisticated flight control system allow movement in all directions. Excellent flight stability guaranteed.

Safety

Safety.

Even in the unlikely event of a severe failure, the airship would not crash but slowly sink, making it safe to operate over people.

World-Class Service

World-Class Service.

We are here to help you and are happy to integrate ObliX into your data science workflows.

Technical Specification

Flight Time8 h
Range100 mi (161 km) against 3.5 mph (6 km/h) wind
Payload3.3 lb (1.5 kg), sufficient for sensors like HD video, multi- spectral imaging, LiDAR, etc.
Power Sourcebattery / solar panels
Length26′3″ (8 m)
Diameter6′7″ (2 m)
Lifting Gas565 cu ft (16 m3) Helium, nonflammable
Rotors9
Rotor Diameter1 × 22″ (550 mm) stern, 8 × 3.5″ (89 mm) ducted fans
Maximum Wind16 mph (26 km/h)

Comparison

ObliX vs. Octocopter

Note: Safety above is measured as the inverse of impact energy at a vertical crash from 100 m.

State-of-the-Art Engineering

Simulation.

Every component of ObliX has been designed and optimized using computer-aided design (CAD), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and physics simulation.


ObliX mini

Prototyping.

ObliX mini is a small-scale prototype of length 6'5" (1.95 m) that we have used to test our design, manufacturing process, and software.


Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)

Self-Flying.

ObliX can autonomously navigate its environment, thus greatly reducing the workload for the pilot. Within regulatory boundaries, it can fly by itself!

Team

Florian Schoppmann

Florian Schoppmann, Ph.D.
Co-Founder

Daniel Wibbing

Daniel Wibbing, Ph.D.
Co-Founder

Michael Hofmann

Michael Hofmann
Computer Vision

Kevin Keuerleber

Kevin Keuerleber
Business Development

David Mauro

David Mauro
Systems Engineering

Kent Sommer

Kent Sommer
Machine Learning

Martin Zobel

Martin Zobel
Aerospace Engineering


Contact

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