Aerobotics I - Service and inspection with the Balloncopter
Aerobotics I combines balloon and two-armed drone and is steered from the ground. It is designed to work at heights between 10m and 300m.
Equipped with 8-20 tools it can conduct haptic inspections in accordance with DIN 1076 as well as maintenance and construction services.
All tasks, whether ceiling or wall, are performed by robotic arms that you control with the help of cameras from ground level.
Why is it a “ballooncopter” and not a drone?
- Drones can only perform documentary tasks at a fixed distance from a surface
- The robotic balloon allows you to work at elevated heights with no risk to personnel
- The robotic arms are attached non-centrally to the top of the balloon – a drone would not be able to support them and tip over
- There is no risk of collapse or falling in the case of a power cut
- The balloon doesn’t stir up dirt and is precisely manoeuvrable in all directions
example of application: Balloncopter in the preservation of historical monuments (video)
Test flight in cargo hall
Inspection of steel structure
Robot balloon in test flight
Selection of services
All can be performed around the back of structures, on the underside of roofs and behind or between objects.
- Measuring the thickness of paint layers
- Data collection such as metal reinforcement scanning, monitoring and gluing cracks, reference marking, measuring the strength of concrete
- Cleaning damaged areas and documentation
- Core and surface samples, crack endoscopy
- Ultrasound scans of prestressing steel in concrete ceilings
- Non-destructive testing of concrete compressive strength with a rebound hammer
- Complementary impulse-echo-technique for examining concrete structures
- Measuring corrosion in steel frameworks
- Monitoring and testing weld seams
- More economical than conventional access solutions/li>
- Faster set up
- Long working hours possible (including at night)
- Operable from ground level via a curved screen
- Photos are simultaneously transmitted and saved
- Data transmission via radio
- No floor load, obtrusive constructions or access problems, easy transportation
- Low noise level
Data collection at height
Data merging and analysis on the ground
Mr. Henrik Modes
Mr. Dr. Andreas Karguth