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Swiss drones are flying high!

Why is Switzerland a key player in the world of drones? Because we're a 360° drone nation! Our researchers and entrepreneurs don't just manufacture drones, they also produce sensors, engines, apps or guidance to the world bank. Few countries cover "dronistics" in this manner and that places Switzerland among the world's leading nations. Switzerland can hardly compete in the field of leisure drones where the retail price is the key to making sales. In professional drones however, the stability and the quality of the research involved are of utmost importance, and the effect of everything Swiss Made is an appreciated added value. A Swiss drone is a reliable drone that brings tangible solutions to existing problems by using and integrating the most advanced technologies. It is therefore an image booster for our country. It allows us to go beyond the clichés and talk about our research and technology centers, our industry, the role of the State or the opportunitiesto invest in Switzerland.

Nicolas Bideau, Ambassador and Head of Présence Suisse

Bird №1: OS4
First ever quadrotor system in free flight

Year of birth: 2004
Place of birth: Lausanne, VD
Measurements: 62 × 62 × 30 cm
Weight: 0.6 kg
Function(s): Research platform

OS4 was the worldwide first freely flying quadrotor drone, that was developed by the Autonomous Systems Lab at EPFL (now at ETH Zurich) in 2004. This pioneering work by Samir Bouabdallah, Roland Siegwart and others triggered many new research in the field and resulted in the current boom of the multicopter marked with millions of systems sold in the last years. After the successfully integration and demonstration of the OS4 control, some first concepts of collision avoidance, height control and automatic landing were developed in the following years and demonstrated in 2006.

Contact
asl.ethz.ch
Autonomous Systems Lab
Leonhardstrasse 21
8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Website
asl.ethz.ch

Bird № 2: ATLANTIKSOLAR
Towards low-altitude multi-day endurance

Year of birth: 2013
Place of birth: Zurich, ZH
Measurements: 560 × 200 × 45 cm
Weight: 6.7 kg
Function(s): Multi-day sensing, mapping

Originally built for the very first Atlantic crossing of an unmanned solarpowered aircraft (thus its name), AtlanikSolar could demonstrate its longendurance capabilities multiple times: Its non-stop flight of 82 hours in summer 2015 set a new world-record in flight-endurance for UAVs of its size. By taking high-resolution images of remote glaciers in the arctic region in summer 2017, AtlantikSolar contributed to the research of glaciologists of ETH Zurich.

Contact
asl.ethz.ch
Autonomous Systems Lab
Leonhardstrasse 21
8092 Zurich, Switzerland
atlantiksolar.ethz.ch

Bird № 3: WINGTRAONE
The VTOL drone for Mapping & Surveying

Year of birth: 2016
Place of birth: Zurich, ZH
Measurements: 125 × 68 × 12 cm
Weight: 3.7 kg
Function(s): Mapping, surveying

What started as an ambitious student project resulted in an easy-to-use product that’s being used all around the world. Combining the advantages of multicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts, the WingtraOne is able to take off and land vertically on spot while still offering the high endurance needed to cover large areas with a professional grade payload.

Contact
hello@wingtra.com
Wingtra AG
Giesshübelstrasse 40
8045 Zurich, Switzerland
wingtra.com

Bird № 4: VOLIRO
Free multicopters from any restrictions

Year of birth: 2017
Place of birth: Zurich, ZH
Measurements: 110 × 110 × 30 cm
Weight: 3.2 kg
Function(s): Inspection, entertainment

A novel aerial platform that combines the advantages of existing multirotor systems with the agility of omni-directionally controllable platforms. Voliro is a hexacopter with tiltable rotors. As the rotor orientation can be fully controlled, this system allows for decoupling the control of position and orientation. This allows new kind of applications such as manipulation^tasks (e.g. inspection of bridges) or stunning flight acrobatics.

Contact
contact@voliro.ch
Voliro
Tannenstrasse 3
8006 Zurich, Switzerland
voliro.ethz.ch

Bird № 5: SKP125
An innovative drone to enable sustainable
and affordable wind energy production

Year of birth: 2017
Place of birth: Lugano, TI
Measurements: 135 × 105 × 45 cm
Weight: 8 kg
Function(s): Airborne wind energy

Skypull is an autonomous tethered drone that climbs to and captures the power of altitude winds that are stronger, more abundant and continuous than the winds that drive conventional wind turbines. It operates like a kite and transforms the wind into kinetic energy that in turn is converted into electricity by a ground generator. By reaching higher altitudes and by avoiding heavy and cumbersome infrastructure, Skypull is cheaper and better deployable than current wind energy technologies. A novel aerial platform that combines the advantages of existing multirotor systems with the agility of omni-directionally controllable platforms. Voliro is a hexacopter with tiltable rotors. As the rotor orientation can be fully controlled, this system allows for decoupling the control of position and orientation. This allows new kind of applications such as manipulation^tasks (e.g. inspection of bridges) or stunning flight acrobatics.

Contact
info@skypull.com
nicola.mona@skypull.com
Skypull
Via Maderno 24
6900 Lugano, Switzerland
skypull.com

Bird №6: ELIOS
Safe drone for inaccessible places

Year of birth: 2018
Place of birth: Lausanne, VD
Measurements: 40 × 40 × 40 cm
Weight: 1.4 kg
Function(s): Industrial inspection

Flyability introduces the first collision-tolerant flying robot designed for industrial inspection professionals. Allowing for the first-time access to complex, cluttered or indoor places, Elios is unleashing the potential of UAVs in a number of applications where their use was previously too dangerous or simply impossible. Inspection can be performed at lower costs, downtime, and risks.

Contact
sales@flyability.com
Flyability SA
Av. de Sévelin 20
1004 Lausanne, Switzerland
flyability.com

Bird №7: PACKDRONE
A human-friendly transportation drone

Year of birth: 2018
Place of birth: Lausanne, VD
Measurements: 65 × 65 × 43 cm (deployed)
Weight: 1.4 kg
Function(s): Delivery

Dronistics is an EPFL spin-off company that develops a human-friendly drone delivery system. The company's product, PackDrone is a patented foldable drone that can carry 500 grams of payload for the distance of 2km. The PackDrone has a cage that protects people from its spinning propellers. The foldable design reduces storage volume by 92%. Additionally, Dronistics developed a web application for portable devices that enables inexperienced users to send the drone from person-to-person in an intuitive manner.

Contact
dronistics@epfl.ch
Dronistics
EPFL
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
dronistics.epfl.ch

Bird № 8: EBEE PLUS
Aerial efficiency, photogrammetric accuracy

Year of birth: 2018
Place of birth: Lausanne, VD
Measurements: 110 × 60 cm
Weight: 1.1 kg
Function(s): Surveying, agriculture, engineering and humanitarian aid

senseFly drone solutions simplify the collection and analysis of geospatial data in surveying, agriculture, engineering and humanitarian aid allowing to make better decisions, faster. Founded in 2009, senseFly is the commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group. Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot is the leading European group in the industry of drones. World's number 2 of the consumer drone market, Parrot is also offering ‘End to End’ business solutions, covering drones, software and services focusing on : (i) Agriculture, (ii) 3D Mapping, Surveying and Inspection and (iii) Public safety.

Contact
sensefly.com/about/contact-us
senseFly
Route de Genève 38
1033 Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland
sensefly.com

Bird Supply №1: WINDSHAPE
WIND & WEATHER TEST FACILITIES

Year of birth: 2017
Place of birth: Geneva, GE
Measurements: 24 × 24 × 29 cm
Weight: 4.8 kg
Function(s): Testing, certifying drones

Nowadays, drones are present in more and more professional applications for which reliability, robustness, and stability under various weather conditions are paramount. Tracking and understanding the behavior of a drone in its natural environment is the key to a safe and optimized development. WindShape is the very first solution for testing flying machines in controlled and variable wind, thanks to a highly innovative and modular technology.

Contact
info@windshape.ch
WindShape SàRL
C/O hepia,
Rue de la prairie 4
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
windshape.ch

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