November 18, 2021

CleoDronutX1 400x275Cleo Robotics, which has developed a stable and highly maneuverable ducted bi-rotor drone, has announced the availability of the Dronut X1, aimed at law enforcement, industrial inspection, construction and defense use cases. The company’s patented thrust vectoring technology has made the hyper-efficient ducted fan design stable in flight. The Dronut’s completely enclosed propellers enable the X1 to safely bounce off objects and people, and is a fraction of the size of similarly featured drones.

For industrial and commercial applications, the Dronut X1 enables unmanned inspections of dangerous and confined spaces, such as tanks, pressure vessels, and crawl spaces, where no drone or robot could previously go. The Dronut X1 is portable, rugged and also a reliable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solution for GPS-denied environments, making it ideal for defense use cases. In the law enforcement space, the X1 can scout areas in advance of deploying officers into high-risk situations, or act as a flying surveillance camera for facility security operations.

Weighing under 16 ounces and measuring 6.5-inches across, the X1 is collision-tolerant, safe to touch, and can carry advanced payloads. Cleo Robotics said the drone can operate around sensitive equipment and in low-light conditions.

Technology includes lidar-powered obstacle detection, and a sensor suite built for image and data collection with HD video/pictures and 3D point cloud output. The Dronut X1 pilot assist – powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon – makes flying easier and safer, allowing the operator to focus on collecting the data they need instead of manually managing the drone’s flight.

“Built to solve what had been thought of as unsolvable technical challenges with ducted fan aerial vehicles, we developed and tested the Dronut platform through rigorous and innovative engineering,” said Omar Eleryan, founder and CEO of Cleo Robotics. “We are excited to see the impact that the Dronut X1 will have on the industries that it is designed to serve. Having worked in the oil industry, I experienced the dangers and costs associated with confined space inspections. The Dronut X1 is the solution that removes the need to risk humans’ safety on the job.”

More details on the system are available at the Cleo Robotics website. Orders can be placed here.

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