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Technology Factsheet

Aibot X6

Category: Robotics > Characterization and Inspection > Airborne System
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Hexacopter. The newly developed Aibot X6 V2 enables a complete array of new and improved functions that make the copter easier to control and safer. Moreover the new hard- and software technology offers a broad spectrum of adjustment and expansion possibilities.

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Industry:Oil & Gas, Energy
Size:Large (20-100kg/40lb-200lb, 60cm-120cm/24in-48in)
TRL:Operational (9)
TRL2: *
Tether:No tether - Endurance 0-30 minutes
Waterproof:Not Rated or Unknown
Payload:0-5kg/0lb-10lb
Reach:Not Applicable
Manipulator:Unknown

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Key features:
Fully automatic take-off and landing.
Take-off and land by just using one switch.
Highly configurable flight-characteristics.
Customizable behaviour to perfectly suit your needs.
Training mode / Geo-fence.
Virtual safety-zone or geo fence and minimal flight-altitude for maximum protection.
The Aibot X6 cannot leave this zone to prevent damage to people and the environment.
Dynamic POI (point of interest)
Set POI directly while flying. The Aibot X6 will automatically maintain the alignment towards the POI.
Enhanced safety features.
Different fail-safe modes: lost of RC-signal / low battery voltage.
Start prevention system (low battery voltage / tilted position recongition).
Standardized interface for new sensors like RTK GNSS transmitter
New modular design enables the integration of many kinds of sensors.

Operational Experience: The distribution network operator, Westnetz GmbH, a 100 percent subsidiary of RWE Deutschland AG, has been using the Aibot X6 for approximately one year to inspect power lines, building roofs and photovoltaic systems. The focus is on short-term, selective rapid fault analysis. The application of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has many advantages: overhead power lines and transmission towers can be inspected without having to organise a hydraladder or helicopter. The use of helicopters in particular, is very expensive because their size doesn’t allow inspection in all areas. Furthermore, power doesn’t have to be switched off during typical inspections of overhead power lines and transmission towers. In the event of malfunction, the necessary turn-off time can be significantly reduced.

“In addition to time and cost savings, we have achieved another goal: Work on overhead power lines and transmission towers has become safer, thanks to unmanned hexacopters, because the pilot controls the application from the ground,” explains Westnetz CEO Dr. Stefan Kueppers.

“We are delighted that RWE regards the use of the Aibot X6 a great success and even won the German Ideas Prize with it”, says Aibotix CEO, Jörg Lamprecht. “I am convinced that multicopter applications, which are numerous today, will become even more varied in the future.”

Apart from industrial inspection, the Aibot X6 has been successfully used in surveying, geo-mapping and construction industries. Moreover, Aibotix is currently exploring and developing solutions for use of the Aibot X6 in factories and warehouses and also in agriculture and forestry.

Source: German Prize for Multicopter

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