Ameren Successfully Completes Industry-Leading 60-Mile Drone Flight over Transmission Lines, Paving the Way for Safe, Efficient Aerial Infrastructure Inspections » Drone Accelerator
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by on December 7, 2018
Ameren, Black & Veatch, Collins Aerospace Team Passes Key Milestone for Maturing UAS Inspection Technology
With thousands of miles of high-voltage lines, Ameren Corp. wanted a better and safer way to monitor its assets spread over rural territories beyond manual or helicopter inspections. The St. Louis-based energy company worked with Black & Veatch and Collins Aerospace to identify a solution: Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights. The team now has proven they can inspect more miles of transmission lines faster and safer than ever envisioned.
On Nov. 8, the team was able to utilize a BVLOS drone on a non-stop, 60-mile flight to inspect transmission lines. The successful flight demonstrated the maturing technology’s promise of more efficient monitoring of expansive utility assets, especially in remote rural stretches.
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