UAV for power lines inspection and maintenance

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Hybrid - flying and rolling

Landing on simple driver and rolling on the line thanks to a motorized rolling system

Robust

Resists 400 kV electromagnetic fields

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Pilot assistance system for landing on electrical conductor

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Hydro-Québec, Canada’s largest producer of electricity and one of the world’s largest producers of hydroelectricity, and DRONE VOLT, have signed a memorandum of understanding to reach an agreement on the exclusive industrial development and marketing of a drone, designed to inspect high-voltage power transmission lines of a drone.

Features

The LineDrone is dedicated to high-voltage power lines inspection, produced in partnership with Hydro-Québec.
Its main features are:
  • Immunity to 400 kV electromagnetic fields
  • Landing on electric conductor and motorized movements on the lines thanks to a motorized rolling system
  • UAV with 8 motors and propellers

Sensors

Thanks to its two on-board sensors, the LineDrone can carry out different inspection missions.
  • LineCore: measurement of corrosion. Checking the thickness of the zinc layer and the thickness of the steel.
  • LineOhm: measurement of electrical resistance. Checking the electrical resistance of junction sleeves for electrical cables and defective equipment, lack of grease…

Benefits

The LINE DRONE can perform very precise measurements on working power lines using sensors developed by Hydro-Québec Research Center teams, which avoids interruption of the electricity service.
This solution:
  • Avoids power outages
  • Limits human risk (no more climbing on electric towers)
  • Reduction of inspection cost
  • Reduces the impact of GHGs (helicopters are no longer needed for these operations)

VIDEOS

Discover our drones in flight during different missions.

LineDrone in operation

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Minimum flight time 12 minutes
Weight with batteries 18 kg (39.7 lbs)
Take-off weight 20 kg (44 lbs)
Batteries 2x 12s 16000 mah
Max payload weight 2 kg (4.4 lbs) excluding sensor
Dimensions (Length x Height) 160 cm x 100 cm (63 inch x 40 inch)
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) No interference up to 400Kv
Flight modes available Stabilize: attitude / AltHold: attitude + altitude / Loiter: attitude + altitude + position
Max. roll/pitch during take-off +/- 35°
Positioning accuracy +/- 1 cm (0.4 inch)
Weather conditions No rain or fog. Day flight only.
Operating temperature -10°C to + 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Ground type Dust, snow, grass, rocks …
Wind resistance 20 km/h (12mph) and up to 40 km/h (25mph) wind gusts.
RC transmission distance 2 km (1.24 mi)
Wireless drone/ground IP transmission distance 2 km (1.24 mi), encrypted, 5MBits.
On-board camera(s) Sensor position validation camera (resolution 720p min.) + Zoom & thermal camera

Travel speed on conductor 0,6m/s (20ft/s)
Max drone roll after landing  +/- 5°
Max. roll/pitch during take-off +/- 35°
Positioning accuracy +/- 1 cm (0.4 inch)
Voltage resistance Up to 400kV
Electrical resistance Up to 1500A
Diameter of the element on which the LineDrone rolls 10 mm à 70 mm (0.4 inch to 2.7 inch)
Max. crossable sleeve diameter 70 mm (2.7 inch)
Conductor tilt 15° max.
Maximum drone roll after landing +/- 5

LineCore (corrosion prevention) Real time calculation of zinc thickness layer and the loss of steel thickness (user interface integrated into the LineCore control station)
LineOhm Electrical resistance calculation of junction sleeves, prevents yield losses and risks of breakage

APPLICATIONS

DRONE VOLT ACADEMY

Whether you are developing your business or starting a new one, our training team would be thrilled to give you pilot training in our DARONE VOLT ACADEMY.
  • Success rate for the remote pilot certificate
  • 1200 drone pilots trained in our training centers
  • 10 training centers worldwide
  • Nice and well-equipped training rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor training centers

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