The Eli Drone Nest has been developed to provide a new dimention of autonomy to the already mature ELIX-XL multirotor platform. An installed drone nest provides an operational radius of 5km and an network of drone nests can deliver visual information from a vast area of land. Overlaping operational radiuses mean that operators can have eyes on a target at all times, both day and night. The drone nest excelles as a force multiplier in hard terrain where the cabapilities and responce times of manned patrolles are at their limit. The drone nests are linked to a central comand and control center where they can be intagrated with other forward looking sensors and early warning systems.
The drone nest provides a safe temperature controlled environment for the ELIX-XL in even the harshest weather conditions. After returning from a mission the drone automatically lands on the nest and is then moved into place for an automated battery change. This means the drone can be operational again within a few minutes after landing.
Research and development for the Drone Nest is partially funded by the Estonian Police and boarder guard.