Spanish Aviation Safety Agency uses BVLOS 4G and 5G technology for power line inspecetion

The Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) has authorized an out of sight (BVLOS) drone power line inspection. According to a report by El Pais, Spanish power company Naturgy has formed an alliance with Vodafone to use drones to monitor thousands of kilometers of Naturgy power lines in cooperation with drone operator FuVeX.

El Pace said that Vodafone, Naturgy and FuVeX promised to conduct the first long-range drone flight in 2021 to check all power lines of energy companies.

The alliance aims to establish strong communications by using technologies such as 4G and 5G and RPS (Radio Positioning System) so that drones are always positioned and controlled. The report said: "RPS technology can estimate the location of drones very accurately through its SIM card, providing another source for traditional drones based on GPS coordinates."

In 2019, AESA established a partnership between UFD, Naturgy’s power distribution subsidiary, and FuVeX, so that it can inspect its power lines more effectively and reduce security risks, thus for the first time to conduct BVLOS drone inspections for the power lines of Naturgy’s power distribution company. The first authorization is for the operator. Naturgy's goal is to use this technique on a regular basis.

UFD is promoting the use of long-range drones to control the line of sight to control its power lines. The goal is to use drones between helicopters and conventional drones to increase the productivity of these reconnaissance operations, while increasing autonomy and reducing costs.

Previously, power lines were inspected by drones flying within sight; that is, up to 500 meters away from the pilot. UFD and FuVeX are pursuing the goal of bringing drones to the next industrial level in 2020-long-distance flight, and becoming the first company to operate drones on an industrial scale through power lines and long BVLOS distances on an industrial scale. the company.

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