Grand Forks, N.D.-based SkySkopes has inked permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at night. The flight services firm completed its first set of nighttime operations on Nov. 10 in cooperation with Minneapolis-based Xcel [Read More]
The AES Corp. is launching an open innovation contest targeted at improving the safety and increasing the availability of power plants through unmanned inspections in extreme heat. AES, a Fortune 200 global power company, provides energy to 17 countries through [Read More]
With the help of several partners, Nevada-based NV Energy has completed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot program to inspect, collect and analyze data on sections of the utility’s transmission and distribution lines. NV Energy says all of the flights [Read More]
Verizon is using drones to help with cell site inspections in North Carolina and South Carolina to survey areas impacted by severe flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Washington, D.C.-based Measure is using a quadcopter to inspect cell sites in difficult-to-reach locations, [Read More]
Using its proprietary EchoBOT technology on board an unmanned aircraft system, the telecommunications giant says it can “track in-stadium networks” more efficiently.
GE has unveiled a prototype drone designed to help reduce environmental impact and improve operational efficiency in the oil and gas industry.
Austin Energy – a publicly owned electric utility and a department of the City of Austin, Texas – is using drones in a research project to test image-pattern recognition software to detect worn and damaged equipment. The unmanned aerial vehicles [Read More]
The Hawaiian Electric Cos. have begun to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for a variety of inspections, including for storm response. The Hawaiian Electric Cos. – Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light – provide electricity for 95% of [Read More]