Voliro started initially as a Focus Project at the Autonomous Systems Lab of ETH Zurich, a year long student project involving 11 Bachelor students. The drone resulting from this project has the unique capability of being able to hover in any arbitrary orientation, even vertically or upside down. Unlike standard multicopters, the position and the orientation are completely decoupled and can be steered independently. This is achieved by six additional tilting motors which allow the rotor units to turn around its axes.
The Voliro hexacopter is a platform which expands the potential of conventional drones and allows many future applications. As it can fly vertically, it could also drive with a chassis on a wall and perform tasks like bridge inspection or creating paintings on the wall. The project has received the Drone Hero Europe Innovation Award and is currently adapted for commercialization in a startup.