Our goal in this project is precisely to develop a mission planner system to automatically calculate the flight path of these operations.
Over 5 million kilometers of European power lines must be inspected to ensure its good status. To perform these inspection operations, manned helicopters continue to be used although they are expensive (3.000 €/hour), have human risks and are pollutant. Long range drones can replace manned helicopters but one of the main challenges is the mission planning: how to ensure safety and simultaneously acquire useful data of the power lines performing a 20 km. operation.
Boost the digitalization of power lines through long range drones
The main innovation of this project is the development of a software that automatically calculates the flight route to perform power line inspection with long range drones. The main innovation is that it aggregates all the information to safely plan a long range drone mission taking into account:
- Communications ground control station – drone.
- Sensor orientation to acquire the required data.
- Safety features such emergency landing sites.
- Up to 90% cost reduction.
- Digitizing the medium voltage grid.
- Eliminating human risks.
- Eliminating pollution
The Key Exploitable Result of this experiment are:
- Up to 37,5% increased efficiency in data acquisition.
- Up to 67,7% increased service availability.
KP1 - Time required to plan complex operations.
KP2 - Flights cancelled due to lack of communications.
KP3 - Onsite mission replanning.
KP4 -Data captured per normalized workday.