Power engineers of IDGC of Centre conduct tests of the newest aircraft


The unique drone does not need a man for work.

Having taken off, it flew 40 kilometres, landed, charged, and all this without human intervention. IDGC of Centre - Lipetskenergo division is conducting tests of a unique scientific development. The drone, existing in a single copy so far, is intended for survey of overhead power lines. It will be equipped with a thermal imager, infrared and ultraviolet cameras. The smart device is programmed for independent flights. But the most important thing is that the drone itself will analyze the data obtained during the flyover of the line using neural networks and elements of artificial intelligence.

“This diagnostic software is also unique. Thanks to it, the drone without human intervention will be able to identify defects and provide ready-made recommendations on which section of the line needs to be repaired,” the chief specialist of the technological development and innovation department of IDGC of Centre Alexander Bredikhin explained the operation principles of the experimental aircraft.

A test flight was conducted along the 110 kV overhead line “Dobroye”. It should have been examined by crews of power engineers for several days. The drone coped with this work in 40 minutes by capturing everything on video.

“IDGC of Centre in addition to performing its main production tasks, systematically conducts research work on implementation of innovative technologies and developments. The today’s test is another step towards technical re-equipment of Lipetskenergo. One such device will replace several crews of electricians at once. Accordingly, they will be able to engage in more complex tasks: repairs and construction of the region’s power grid facilities. I think this is reasonable, and therefore effective,” IDGC of Centre - Lipetskenergo division director Sergey Koval commented on the tests of the UAV.

It is assumed that by the end of 2019, Lipetskenergo will receive two unique aircraft, which will inspect high-voltage power lines on an ongoing basis, without distracting the power engineers from repairs and construction of power grid facilities.

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