A big snowstorm hit northern Virginia this week causing widespread outages in the state. Now Dominion Energy employees are using drones to help to restore power to the residents.
In order to increase safety in the Rotterdam port region, the Port of Rotterdam Authority intends to employ drones to monitor and conduct inspections in the future. Several test flights using a fixed-wing drone from the Dutch firm Avy were recently conducted in preparation for this. A makeshift drone command center even developed on the Yangtze Canal’s quayside.
The Belgian surveying company Vansteelandt recently successfully inspected a high-voltage route of the Belgian grid operator Elia in Belgium by means of a drone. What is special is that a distance of no less than 60 miles was covered. The drone inspection was carried out with the SDO 50 V2 helicopter drone from the Swiss manufacturer SwissDrones. EuroUSC and SkeyDrone took care of the application...
US rail company BNSF Railway has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct drone inspections out of the pilot’s line of sight (BVLOS). The exemption is partly based on the advanced obstacle detection and a high degree of autonomy that the Skydio drones offer. The drones will be deployed from strategically placed docking stations.