maxon develops UAV drive with startup Flybotix

Collaboration with drone startup Flybotix develops high performance brushless DC motors for a new kind of inspection drone

Two rotors instead of four was the approach used by startup Flybotix to develop its ASIO inspection drone, an indoor model for industrial facilities. It is built around a patented drive system powered by brushless DC motors from maxon, who worked closely with Flybotix to develop electric motors that are optimised for weight and performance as well as being adapted to this application. The drives will allow the ASIO to carry out long missions, reach distant locations, and save costs. 

Flybotix is a Swiss company, based in Lausanne, which coincidentally is also home to one of maxon's innovation laboratories. Flybotix CEO and founder Samir Bouabdallah has 15 years of experience in developing drone technology at the EPFL and also at ETH Zurich. The drive system he developed with his team is an algorithm-controlled propulsion and steering mechanism with two degrees of freedom. “That gives the drones the aerodynamic performance of a helicopter and the mechanical reliability of a quadcopter” he says.  ASIO is surrounded by a protective cage, is designed to be collision-proof, and allows access to tight spaces to carry out inspections safely. An on-board camera, combined with a high-quality display on the remote control, allows ‘pilots’ to fly safely in hazardous areas such as oil storage tanks, underground mines, or power plants.

The market for unmanned autonomous aerial vehicles (UAV) is generally regarded to be new but very dynamic—many startups like Flybotix are involved, and there are plenty of potential applications in areas like inspection, agriculture, security, and transport. Following the industry’s initial ventures (and a few setbacks), the safety requirements placed on unmanned aerial vehicles and their components has increased and is likely to continue doing so. 

In 2019 maxon developed a number of initial drives which were constructed for special projects, with matching ESCs (Electronic Speed Controllers). In the drone market, the motor is not the only thing that matters. Equally important is the interplay of BLDC motors, motor controllers, and matching propellers. Designers know that this is the only way to get the most out of the system in terms of thrust and energy efficiency. maxon's engineers were eager to learn as much as they could from experts like Samir Bouabdallah and to foster information exchange, right from the start. With the experience gained, maxon says it is ready to support customers in the fast-growing UAV market with customized motors and systems.   

Incidentally, the most talked-about drone in the world, “Ingenuity,” which will take off from the surface of Mars in 2021, is equipped with six maxon DC motors. A matter of some gravity. 

Flybotix and maxon have worked together on developing UAV motors and drives
Flybotix and maxon have worked together on developing UAV motors and drives
maxon have been developing motors and drives for UAV's for some time
maxon have been developing motors and drives for UAV's for some time

maxon

Maxon House
Hogwood Lane
Finchampstead
RG40 4QW
UNITED KINGDOM

+44 (0)118 9733337

sales.uk@maxongroup.com

www.maxongroup.co.uk

More from maxon

A robot that fights fires - and Coronavirus too

Posted 3 months ago

A matter of some gravity: maxon drives fly to Mars

Posted 3 months ago

DC motors lead the way in "˜Smart' farming

Posted 3 months ago

New 2020/2021 catalogue now available from maxon

Posted 4 months ago

Aerospace drive solutions video

Posted 4 months ago

Miniature drives suit medical robots and multi-axis systems

Posted 5 months ago

maxon launches new brushless motors, flat motors and gearboxes

Posted 6 months ago

New range of subsea pressure compensated actuators

Posted 6 months ago

How dual loop control combats chattering and hunting

Posted 6 months ago

Maxon launches Ultra Performance micro gearheads

Posted 7 months ago

Motor selection for automated guided vehicles

Posted 7 months ago

A year of maxon supporting Emirates Team New Zealand

Posted 8 months ago

maxon is flying to the Sun

Posted 8 months ago

maxon introduces miniaturised positioning controller

Posted 8 months ago

Amputee bonds with son thanks to 3D printed hand

Posted 8 months ago

Hub drives - the next step for modular robots

Posted 9 months ago

maxon DC motors combined with 3D printing in bionic hand

Posted 10 months ago

maxon products - designed by engineers for engineers

Posted 11 months ago

maxon appoints new sales engineer in Ireland

Posted 11 months ago

maxon now supplying ZUB Motion Control master controllers

Posted 1 year ago

Formula E driver Sébastien Buemi becomes ambassador for maxon

Posted 1 year ago

How to configure a maxon EPOS4 positioning controller

Posted 1 year ago

maxon publishes new catalogue for 2019/2020

Posted 1 year ago

Small precision motors: standard or customised?

Posted 1 year ago

maxon products perform crucial roles in robotic keyhole surgery

Posted 1 year ago

Motor controllers: options for modification and customisation

Posted 1 year ago

maxon expands range of EtherCAT motion controllers

Posted 1 year ago

maxon publishes new edition of 'driven' magazine

Posted 1 year ago

NASA specifies maxon DC motors for Martian drone

Posted 1 year ago

Why specify frameless motors? What are the benefits?

Posted 2 years ago

Maxon motors in new Halléoojamaflipaphone musical instrument

Posted 2 years ago

Step-by-step guide to configuring a maxon ESCON speed controller

Posted 2 years ago

Special gearheads benefit medical and robotic projects

Posted 2 years ago

Free training courses at maxon motor or your own premises

Posted 2 years ago

Miniature motors for medical applications

Posted 2 years ago

Robot applications for maxon motors and gearheads

Posted 2 years ago

New high-precision positioning encoder from maxon motor

Posted 2 years ago

Bodo Fütterer: An exceptionally talented engineer and innovator

Posted 2 years ago

maxon motors and gearheads chosen for endurance race car engines

Posted 2 years ago

maxon motor aids environmental monitoring

Posted 2 years ago

Cost-effective brushless EC-i 30 DC motor from maxon motor

Posted 2 years ago

Why DC motors have brushes

Posted 2 years ago

driven magazine shows how startups are changing the world

Posted 2 years ago

maxon now offers BLDC motors as frameless kits

Posted 3 years ago

Why do DC motors fail? How to specify to prevent failure

Posted 3 years ago

maxon motor group increases revenues

Posted 3 years ago

The EC-i 52 DC motor by maxon motor

Posted 3 years ago

How to choose between brushed and brushless DC motors

Posted 3 years ago

How to maximise the efficiency of drive system components

Posted 3 years ago

maxon motor builds new Innovation Centre

Posted 3 years ago

Motion and automation controllers explained

Posted 3 years ago

Configure high-speed drives from your sofa

Posted 4 years ago

maxon drives help people to walk again

Posted 4 years ago

Why a new generation of positioning controllers is needed

Posted 4 years ago

World's first modular robot system uses maxon motor

Posted 4 years ago

EPOS4 positioning controller from maxon motor

Posted 4 years ago

Technology for uncharted worlds: learn more in driven magazine

Posted 4 years ago

Miniature motors replace pneumatics in robotic hand

Posted 4 years ago

Deep brain surgery inspired by wasps

Posted 4 years ago

Compact underwater DC drives

Posted 4 years ago

Maxon brushless DC motor: fast, sterilisable and configurable

Posted 4 years ago

maxon's low-noise brushed DC motor makes music

Posted 5 years ago

Brushless DC motor for demanding operating room applications

Posted 5 years ago

Motor controllers: build or buy?

Posted 5 years ago

High-performance drive in a small package from maxon

Posted 5 years ago

The importance of inspecting sutures

Posted 5 years ago

Compact brushless DC motor selected for medical instrument

Posted 5 years ago

Why use a DC motor controller?

Posted 5 years ago

Air-sampling pump using maxon DC motor protects workers' health

Posted 5 years ago

The tool of choice for compounding pharmacists

Posted 5 years ago

Snake arm robots and Maxon Motor UK

Posted 5 years ago

Motor configuration tool used to source low-noise DC motor

Posted 5 years ago

New miniature rescue robot for Warwick Mobile Robotics

Posted 5 years ago

Gearhead elasticity and its effect on positioning accuracy

Posted 5 years ago

Positioning controllers now support CANopen interfaces

Posted 5 years ago

Drilling to new limits in Antarctica with maxon motors

Posted 6 years ago

New, configurable DC motors and gearheads from Maxon Motor

Posted 6 years ago

ESCON Module 50/4 EC-S servo motor controller

Posted 6 years ago

Intelligent prosthetics use Maxon brushed DC motors

Posted 6 years ago

Orbital welding bug uses DCX motors

Posted 6 years ago

New faster MAXPOS 50/5 EtherCAT positioning motor controller

Posted 6 years ago

Configurable DC motors, gearheads and encoders from Maxon

Posted 6 years ago

Circulatory support without surgery for heart failure patients

Posted 6 years ago

Turning food waste into nano-fibres

Posted 6 years ago

Maxon Motor takes part in chase to catch up with a comet

Posted 6 years ago

Increasing performance and reducing costs with CIM

Posted 6 years ago

Compact servo motors with inductive encoders from Maxon

Posted 6 years ago

BLDC motor EC 19 and planetary gearhead GP 19 M

Posted 6 years ago

Win an Apple iPad 2 and celebrate Maxon's 50th anniversary

Posted 9 years ago

Maxon motor improves popular motors and gearheads

Posted 9 years ago

Solar-powered robot uses energy-efficient DC motors

Posted 9 years ago

Flat motor and gearhead used in dual-purpose table

Posted 9 years ago

Compact positioning controllers are CANopen-compatible

Posted 9 years ago

Humanoid robot utilises 80 maxon DC servo motors

Posted 9 years ago

New heavy-duty compact motors for use in high temperatures

Posted 9 years ago

High-precision EPOS2 70/10 controller is energy-efficient

Posted 9 years ago

Featured photo

Posted 11 years ago

Grand Prix cars benefit from motorised wing flaps

Posted 11 years ago

Maxon motors selected for F1 wing actuators

Posted 11 years ago

Maxon Motor achieves ISO 13485 quality standard

Posted 11 years ago

Extended range of electronically commutated DC motors

Posted 12 years ago

Maxon wins award for metal injection moulding (MIM)

Posted 12 years ago

Compact drive incorporates motor, sensor and controller

Posted 12 years ago

See Maxon Motor at Farnborough Airshow 2008

Posted 12 years ago

Ceramics provide benefits for mechanical components

Posted 12 years ago

New sizes of electronically commutated micro motors

Posted 13 years ago

Update on CIM and MIM components

Posted 13 years ago

Electronic commutation supersedes brushed motors

Posted 13 years ago

Book explains principles and applications of magnetism

Posted 13 years ago

Easy speed control for brushless DC motors

Posted 13 years ago

Koax-Drive KD 32 offers high torque and quiet running

Posted 13 years ago

Maxon catalogue describes customised design service

Posted 13 years ago

New Maxon motor catalogue has over 300 pages

Posted 13 years ago

Compact motors offer high dynamism and high torque

Posted 13 years ago

How to design high-precision microdrives

Posted 13 years ago

Maxon offers EC micromotors in diameters of 6 to 60mm

Posted 14 years ago

More news
5 hours ago
New vibration damper means no great shakes
Elesa has introduced a new range of AISI 316 stainless steel wire rope vibration dampers  
5 hours ago
Visit the Schaffner SPS Drives 2020 virtual exhibition stand
A digital exhibition of EMC/EMI filters for regenerative drive applications and more
1 day ago
High-quality UK made ABS power supply cases
13A Plug-in and In-line styles from BCL Enclosures includes flame-retardant ABS models
2 days ago
Variohm Group buys Phoenix America
Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana ,Phoenix offers a range of absolute and incremental encoders, together with speed and proximity sensors, custom moulded magnets and more
2 days ago
New chain configurator aids machine builders
Tsubaki's recently unveiled configurator can make specifying chain a whole lot quicker and easier
2 days ago
Counterfeit bearings – NSK continues the fight against the fakes
The scale of the fake bearings problem has been highlighted with the discovery of around 23,000 counterfeit NSK packages and labels at a plant in Hebei Province, China
2 days ago
Parker launches new hydraulic fluid particle contamination monitor
The company’s icount LaserCM30 Particle Contamination Monitor is now available and can provide test results in 90 seconds
3 days ago
Last few places on Machinery Safety Course
Just a handful of places remain available on the last Pilz City & Guilds accredited Machinery Safety Course in 2020. Diary date is December 14th to 17th
3 days ago
Camozzi Automation launches new quick exhaust safety valves
Designed to provide a plug and play solution for OEMs that need to be compliant with Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Camozzi Automation says that its new quick exhaust 2-way safety valve range also complies with ISO 13849-1 covering the safe design of control systems which perform safety functions
3 days ago
SICK’s Open Service for IO-Link function blocks
A new open software service for control systems has been introduced by SICK