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Question

In field work, what kind of Drones are being used? Brand/model?

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Answers

The drone platform we use depends on the application and type of data being collected. For small-scale mapping, situational awareness, and confined spaced (e.g. boiler inspections), we'll use a DJI Mavic Pro 2. Our workhorse drone for high-res inspection imagery is the DJI Inspire 2. We'll use the DJI M210 if we need to simultaneously capture high-res RGB and thermal imagery. And, for very large scale inspections and mapping (e.g. utility-scale solar farms), we use senseFly's eBee line for it's longer flight times.

We are using DJI drones because we are using their open SDK to enable the drones to inspect wind turbines autonomously.

The drones AEP is currently using:

Distribution and Generation for large area photogrammetry – Sensefly eBee RTK+

Distribution for line inspection – Aeryon Skyranger model R60,  Parrot Anafi Thermal

Telecom group- various DJI models Inspire, Inspire 2, Phantom 4 (looking to replace DJI with other equipment).

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