Inside Unmanned Systems

FEB-MAR 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 53 February/March 2018 unmanned systems inside new tools and determine how research- ers can help solve problems throughout the organization. The group has completed several missions using its drone f leet, which includes both the Albris and the eBee with RTK from senseFly, the SkyRanger from Aeryon Labs and the Elios from Flyability. They've mapped facilities to help meet security requirements, they've completed work assessments and struc- tural inspections, flown hangar equip- ment to locate ID tags in hard-to-reach areas, monitored construction sites, gathered information from and images of a meteorological tower, and complet- ed the first inspection of a hydroelectric station in Niagara Falls, generating a large 3-D model point cloud. Early last year, OPG par tnered with the New York Power Authority (N YPA) to inspect the ice boom be- tween Lake Erie and the Niagara River. This series of f loating steel pontoons, which are connected by steel cables, is installed at the Niagara River mouth to limit the amount of ice that enters the river. This ice can build up at the hydroelectric water intakes that effect the hydropower stations that both companies operate. The ice boom experienced a break, a situation that normally requires work- ers to make two trips on the water: one to determine what the problem is and another to complete the repair, Trebilcock said. With the SkyRanger, they were able to quickly inspect the boom, locate the break and determine how to fix it. "A day on the water to complete the assessment wasn't required. It was completed with the aerial inspection," Trebilcock said. "That water is treacher- ous and inspectors would need to work on a big flat boat with cranes and wear full ice suits. If you fall in that water in the Niagara River in winter, there's no one there to help you, so the less time we have workers on it, the better." Rather than relying on a drone com- pany or service provider to perform the f lights, OPG decided to train their em- ployees to f ly the systems, Trebilcock said. OPG has a rigid safety culture and highly skilled technicians, and it just made sense to broaden their skill- Delivering Aviation Approved GPS Solutions…Worldwide. www.aspennexnav.com Copyright 2018 Aspen Avionics Inc. "Aspen Avionics," "NexNav", "MAX," "Micro-i," and the Aspen Avionics aircraft logo are trademarks of Aspen Avionics Inc. All rights reserved. U.S. Patent No. 8,085,168, and additional patents pending. Approved NexNav ™ GPS solutions for the aerospace industry have a well-proven track record in civil and military, manned and unmanned applications. • GPS-SBAS circuit card assemblies and GPSSUs • Small size, lightweight and low power consumption • Approved for ADS-B OUT position source • Approved for enroute, terminal and approach GPS navigation • Products meet all expected GPS requirements for UAS BVLOS operations • Made in U.S.A. • Go to www.aspennexnav.com for more information Compact Size • Small size, lightweight and low power consumption • Approved for ADS-B OUT position source • Approved for enroute, terminal and approach GPS navigation • Products meet all expected GPS requirements for UAS BVLOS operations

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