Drones Make Solar Farms More Efficient

Drones Make Solar Farms More Efficient

Using an automated surveying and design process has helped one solar developer produce more power. Bonus: They also put robots to work cleaning the solar panels. When the 56-megawatt Gala Solar Power Plant that just broke ground in Cook County, Oregon , is completed at the end of 2017, it will be the state’s largest operating solar farm . But the project is already distinct: It’s among the first wave […]

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Parrot to pursue profits with commercial drones

Parrot to pursue profits with commercial drones

Representatives from the French company Parrot demonstrate a prototype of their new Disco drone at the opening event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking French drone maker Parrot aims to return to profitability by 2018 by expanding its commercial drone business, its finance chief said on Wednesday. Companies and governments are turning to the unmanned aerial vehicles for everything from monitoring crops to […]

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MIR Innovation and Hydro-Québec develop powerline balancing inspection drone

MIR Innovation and Hydro-Québec develop powerline balancing inspection drone

powerline drone canada Canadian Hydro-Québec subsidiary MIR Innovation (Maintenance, Inspection and Robotics), has developed a device that can lift a sensor and land it on an energised power line. The Linecore sensor and multirotor that took it there balance on and test the line as they roll along it. Power lines exposed to coastal environments and extreme weather wear out, quickly. Therefore, more inspections are required. An accurate assessment of […]

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LTA looking to test drones

LTA looking to test drones

LTA looking to test drones for MRT and road tunnel inspections The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is looking into using drones to inspect train tunnels. In a statement on Wednesday (March 1), the LTA said that it has issued a request for information to source for people who can design and develop trials for conducting automated MRT tunnel inspections using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones. It is also looking […]

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Filming with drones: a legal guide

Filming with drones: a legal guide

Sarah Lazarides from law firm Harbottle & Lewis on what you need to know before using a drone on a film shoot. The evolution of drone technology has been ground-breaking for the film and television industry. For the first time, it is possible to get high quality and dramatic aerial footage without the expense of helicopters or cranes. But following a number of criminal prosecutions for misuse of drones, what […]

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