Utilities and Powerline Inspections
Inspection of electrical production, transmission and distribution facilities must be undertaken periodically to ensure continuous delivery. UAV-based inspection is safer and less costly than traditional manned inspection methods, and BVLOS operations will further increase efficiency, allowing drone crews to fly further and for longer without needing to move their base of operations.
Pipeline networks that transport oil and gas to refineries can stretch across multiple states and even countries. Routine inspections root out issues such as metal corrosion, loose welds or damage due to weather and other external factors. The ability to fly BVLOS UAV operations will allow miles of pipeline to be inspected in a safe, efficient manner.
Railroad companies may be responsible for thousands of miles of tracks across dozens of states with thousands of bridges that cross rivers, valleys and roads. BVLOS drone railroad inspection will provide significant time and cost savings without the need to interfere with rail schedules and operations.
Search and Rescue
BVLOS drone operations allow emergency service personnel to conduct missions such as scene assessment, medical supply delivery and location of missing persons over a wide area and in hard-to-access terrain.
Precision agriculture UAS carry out a wide variety of tasks, including pest management, crop health monitoring and seed planting. Sense-and-avoid technology will allow drones to operate over vast areas of farmland and keep them safe from collision with obstacles and other aircraft.