Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 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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16 June/July 2018 unmanned systems inside USER SHOWCASE Photos courtesy of Microdrones. I n February 2016, Condor Solutions, a Russian-based drone service provider, became the first to f ly an un- manned aircraft system (UAS) to inspect the biggest oil rig in the world—and they used the Microdrones md4- 1000 to successfully complete the mission. The Berkut Oil Rig weighs 200,000 tons and is expect- ed to extract 4.5 million tons of oil every year. At 345 feet wide, 436 feet long and 472 feet tall, the rig is located in the Sea of Okhotsk on the Russian Pacific Coast, which is just north of Japan and in an area known for its brutally cold temperatures. The size of the rig and the Arctic weather conditions pre- sented unique challenges, which is why they needed a du- rable, reliable UAS like the md4-1000 from Microdrones. Using this system, the team was able to provide the infor- mation the client needed to make decisions about the rig's f lare system. Flying the drone also saved them time and made the process safer for the workers involved. "We inspected the rig's f lare system, which is the most important system of any oil and gas object," said Pavel Reichert, of Condor Solutions. "We delivered a detailed report of the complete f lare system, including infrared analyzation. Every bolt was inspected there." The Many Challenges February is known as the coldest month in this area, and during the inspection the temperature came in at -13°F with wind speeds reaching about 27 miles per hour. The rig's parameters combined with the wind speed led to high turbulences that the UAS had to overcome to com- plete the mission—which was no easy feat but one the Microdrones system could manage. The Mil Mi-8, a me- BIGGEST OIL RIG IN THE WORLD Condor Solutions fl ew the system in Arctic conditions at the Berkut Oil Rig in 2016. by Renee Knight FIELD TESTED, FIELD PROVEN. Microdrones md4-1000 Completes Inspection at

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