Elios is surrounded by a protective cage. The cage protects the drone and it propellers from collisions with obstacles.
The decoupling system allows the cage to rotate freely around the drone. It is composed of a ring and a beam, giving it 3 degrees of rotation.
The transmitter offers a reliable wireless link between the GCS and Elios.
Full HD Optical Camera
Elios is equipped with a full HD optical camera. The live video feed is transmitted to the pilot in standard definition, and the HD footage is recorded on board. The camera is mounted on a servo motor allowing it to tilt up or down.
The full HD Optical Camera has three modes:
- Automatic mode: The user sets the Exposure Value (EV) whereas the camera automatically sets the ISO and the exposure time to keep the EV constant. The EV corresponds to the overall brightness of the image.
- Manual low ISO: The user sets the Exposure time whilst the ISO is set to 50.
- Manual high ISO: The user sets the Exposure time whilst the ISO is set to 1600.
A thermal camera is also part of the payload. Its video feed is directly and automatically recorded by the aircraft. The thermal camera is mounted right next to the Full HD Optical Camera and can also be tilted up and down. The footage of the thermal camera is saved in the LOG SD card and can be reviewed using Flyability Inspector.
Motors and Propellers
Four propellers generate thrust, allowing Elios to fly. Arms annotated with an R are spinning counter-clockwise whereas the other two others are spinning clockwise. The R propellers are mounted on the R arms. The non-R propellers are mounted on the non-R arms. The Propeller section explains how to replace them.
Camera SD Card
The Camera SD Card records the full HD optical video feed whilst Elios is flying. Please only use the provided SD card, as this has been tested to ensure it meets write speed requirements.
Log SD Card
A 3 cell 2800mAh LiPo battery powers the aircraft, which provides up to 10min flight time.
A powerful array of white LEDs offers bright lighting on the front, top, and bottom of the aircraft. It helps operators navigate and gather high-value footage in dark environments.