FreeMotionHandling Autonomously flying gripping sphere with bionic drive With the FreeMotionHandling, Festo presents an autonomously flying assistance system which can, for the first time, interact with people without any problems. Unlike other indoor flying objects, the handling system does not have to keep at a safe distance and can also stay in the air for much longer. The sophisticated concept consists of a helium-filled ball with integrated gripper and an ultralight flying ring with bionic drives. Due to the profile change on their flexible membrane, the adaptive propellers can generate the same thrust going forwards and backwards.