Unmanned Airborne Vehicles

Unmanned Airborne Vehicles

Project Summary

Transmission line inspections are essential to pinpoint stressed or at-risk components prior to failure, preventing outages and optimizing maintenance efforts. Traditional inspection methods are costly and labor-intensive. Utilities use manned aircraft for fast and slow fly-by patrols, and also conduct walking or driving line patrols, as well as climbing or bucket truck inspections.

This project will evaluate rotary and fixed-wing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and remote sensing technologies for inspection and condition assessment of overhead transmission lines. This will include sensor, navigation, and communications technologies, UAV inspection service providers, and costs.

Project Status

Project Phase: Fundamental R&D

This project has not yet started.

Task Descriptions

Task Due Date Completed % Complete
Identify applications TBD 0%
Market survey of vendors and available technologies TBD 0%
Identify issues and barriers TBD 0%