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Redefining Drone Safety and Autonomous Operation for Indoor Commercial Applications

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€71 429
EU Contribution
€50 000
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Commercial drones - technically known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – are one of the fastest-growing markets (200,000 units sold for commercial use last year). Increased safety, precise data collection, improved productivity, higher scalability and reduced operational costs make them suitable for a wide range of commercial applications mainly in infrastructure, media and entertainment (M&E), agriculture and telecommunications. However, their rapid adoption in indoor applications is restrained by limitations of Multi-rotors (the main commercialized technology) in operational safety, autonomous operation and flight range.


A cross between a quadcopter and a blimp, a new type of drone – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – is about to take off. The EU-funded Skye project aims to deliver a commercial drone designed to operate indoors. It will be the first UAV to solve two problems common for indoor flying drones. The first is the risk of collision and/or injury. The second is the fully autonomous operation. Set to revolutionise the commercial drone market, Skye UAV has a redundant propulsion system to fly safely above crowds and minimise impact in case of system failure. For instance, collision prevention is made possible thanks to the helium-filled hull and redundant propulsion system. Also, higher flight duration is possible due to the smaller and more powerful air impellers.

Part quadcopter - part blimp, Skye aims to revolutionize the commercial drone’s market by introducing the first UAV that solves the two most critical challenges of indoor flying drones: collision/injury risks and fully autonomous operation. Based on our patent pending “Redundant propulsion system”, we offer a drone powered solution able to fly completely safe above crowds (certified to fly above crowd in CH, USA and CN) and minimize any impact in case of system failure. All the above achieved by an easy to use system able to operate fully autonomously and carry a variety of payloads. By overcoming the limitations of multi-rotor technology we offer a superior drone technology with the following key competitive advantages: 1) High safety standards – collision tolerance (helium filled hull and redundant propulsion system), 2) Higher flight duration (smaller and more powerful air-impellers) and 3) Fully autonomous 24/7 operation (proprietary indoor GPS solution).


Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.3. - PRIORITY 'Societal challenges
H2020-EU.2.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
Other Programme
EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020 - SME instrument


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€50 000


Technology Theme
Sensor technologies
Sensors for improving logistics planning and increasing safety
Development phase

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