Today the main tools to inspect power lines continue to be crewed helicopters which are expensive, pollutant, and have human risks, or on-foot personnel that do not capture digital data. FuVeX's goal is to enable the use of long-range drones to digitize power lines eliminating human risks, and emissions and reducing up to 94% costs. However, one of the main challenges is to guarantee operational safety of these aircraft that can be flying up to 10 km. from the pilot. That is precisely the goal of DronCAS: To develop a software collision avoidance system for long-range drones. This system generates a complete digital surface model of the flight area using different data sources. Then, the simulation of the flight to be performed is integrated into this digital surface model to automatically detect potential collision points between the aircraft and the surrounding environment.
Enable long range drones in power line inspections by ensuring safety along the flight
First-of-a-kind pre-flight collision avoidance system for power line inspections
- Achieving long-range flight authorization by demonstrating Civil Aviation Authorities the safety of the flight.
- Avoiding crashes with the environment thus avoiding the related costs of an accident
- Deviation of the simulated trajectory from the real one
- Number of collisions per 1.000 km. flown
- Meetings with key stakeholders
- Collision points detected