BGE is testing autonomous drone inspection of power lines

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Baltimore Gas and Electric Company recently partnered to test an autonomous drone inspection system in Maryland.

The power company better known as BGE is working on the test with AeroLabs, a Pennsylvania-based firm which makes the system and is also owned by parent company Exelon.

According to a blog post from AeroLabs, the February test involved flying a DJI Matrice 210 to inspect power lines in an area of northern Maryland. The test area presented various configurations of the power equipment, as well as trees that would present potential obstacles.

“Even with temperatures in the 20s and strong 15+ mph winds, the Matrice held its own and flew quite well on its programmed flight path,” the posting states.

Read the rest over at Technical.ly Baltimore.



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