Innovative Aerodynamics for a Sustainable Future
AEROPAC is an Interreg France-Switzerland projet aimed at developing innovative aerodynamics for vehicles of the future in a sustainable world.
In the last year, our laboratory has setup a state-of-the-art wind tunnel bench for developing the now-named senseFly eBee X. The experiments were run in the historical aeronautics-grade wind tunnel at ETHZ. The extensive campaign and long hours paid off and resulted in a drone with a 90-minute autonomy and remarkable aerodynamic properties.
When Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas in September 2018, drones were used to assess the damage of the category 4 hurricane. The North Carolina Division of Aviation used a senseFly eBee X drone to rapidly map a one-mile stretch of Interstate 40, which underwent severe flooding. In total, more than 3 miles of highway were flown within one hour without the need to change batteries.
eBee X is now utilized worldwide for humanitarian and sustainable development.