ObliX

“Never-Landing” Airship

ObliX is an unmanned airship designed from the ground up for safety, endurance, and maneuverability. Its unique combination of features make it particularly well-suited for safety-critical long-range missions:

Inspections

Inspections.

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

Precision Agriculture

Precision Agriculture.

Remote sensing, yield prediction, etc.

Entertainment

Entertainment.

Video streaming, crowd monitoring, etc.

Plus many more, including construction site monitoring, first-responder support, anti-poaching surveillance, research, deliveries, etc.

Key Features

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.

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 allow movement in all directions. Excellent flight stability guaranteed.

World-Class Service

World-Class Service.

We are here to help you and are happy to integrate ObliX into your data-analysis 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, non-inflammable
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.


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.


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

Daniel Wibbing

Daniel Wibbing, Ph.D.
Co-Founder

Florian Schoppmann

Florian Schoppmann, Ph.D.
Co-Founder

Michael Hofmann

Michael Hofmann
Computer Vision

Kent Sommer

Kent Sommer
Machine Learning

Kevin Keuerleber

Kevin Keuerleber
Business Development

Martin Zobel

Martin Zobel
Aerospace Engineering


Contact

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