General Electric to Start Testing Unmanned Aerial Systems


431_467963591 General Electric to Start Testing Unmanned Aerial SystemsThe Power Generation Services unit of General Electric Co. (GE) is planning to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to detect heat loss at power plants.

According to a Wall Street Journal blog, the UAS will be used to construct a thermal heat map in order to help save money for customers.

Trey Keisler, chief investment officer of field services and global operations for GE, told the WSJ that the UAS would “fly before a service event [to] find the heat loss and sell that as a service and sell the repair as a service as well.”

Read the full WSJ blog here.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted public utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a Special Airworthiness Certificate for small UAS.

The approved program aims specifically to investigate how SDG&E can integrate the aircraft into day-to-day operations to improve inspections of electric and gas lines.

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