BVLOS waiver allows Censys and SEI to inspect power lines

Censys Technologies and partner Soaring Eagle Imaging (SEI) successfully carried out beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) inspection of power lines in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Barry in July 2019 according to a press release issued by the partners. The companies are among only a few dozen companies to have been granted BVLOS waivers in the US.

According to a Censys Technologies, SEI began conducting BVLOS flights using a Censys Technologies Sentaero v2VTOL with no remote visual observers once it was determined that safe flights could be conducted. In three missions, the single crew was able to capture 51 miles worth of detailed information in six total hours of time in the field – including setup, tear-down, and transit. This enabled identification of the scope of damage and corresponding locations, helping facilitate swift repairs. The partners inspected 25.5 miles of 500kV power lines, showing the capability to safely perform BVLOS operations.

Censys Technologies’ Sentaero vertical take-off and landing UAV offers a  range of 50 miles and multiple integrated payload options.

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