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Discussion in 'Energy' started by eBird, Nov 23, 2015.
Always like to see good press about "drones"
Good go see, but they will have go get really close or get a really good camera. All that has been done by hand over hand before. Using a drone you will need a good close up of the lines. A lot of it has been done with cotton gloves and by feel sliding your gloves down the line feeling for snags or damaged.
Good press is a huge plus. Of course some will find a way to turn even this into "the sky is falling" or "Big Brother is secretly using these to spy on us".
This, along with rail line and pipeline inspections and of course, the dreaded drone deliveries, are the main drivers behind numerous industries wanting the modify or remove the LOS requirements. In fact, the LOS requirement, more than anything, outright kills most potential commercial applications of drones, and severely limits others like surveying and environmental monitoring.
The octacopter the guy in the article is using is one sophisticated buggy. Article quotes costs well above $10,000 depending upon the type of imaging equipment carried onboard (LiDAR and such)
Greetings all. This article is several months old, but covers how UAVs have increased in use in the electrical utility sector... The Drone Advantage
I will be overseeing several flights of power distribution lines, and substations in Salt Lake soon. I'll try to share generic, non-sensitive info once we're done. (Oil & Gas major using contract UAS operator). We'll most likely utilize the Aeryon Skyranger
After six months of training and operating under FMRA Section 333 Exemptions and COAs (and now operating under 14 CFR Part 107 where appropriate), our organization publicly announced our UAS program: UA for Utility Operations. The video to the right side of the page summarizes our development from April to July of this year. We're in the early stages of development, but in the near future we are looking to utilize FLIR and LIDAR payloads to obtain greater detail of our assets.