SEGULA Technologies’ new drone project revolutionizes visual and thermographic inspections for underground electrical lines.
Tunnel inspection missions are exposed to inherent dangers such as low oxygen levels, high concentrations of harmful gases, and extreme temperatures. The drone project’s mission is to secure these operations by developing a prototype drone capable of autonomously conducting checks on electrical lines within underground galleries. The technicians responsible for visual inspection will thus be able to perform their work without descending into the galleries, thereby minimizing risks.
The project’s foremost technological challenge lies in enabling the aerial platform to navigate autonomously in environments devoid of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signal, relying on onboard sensors for three-dimensional perception of the surroundings. Additionally, this drone will be equipped with RGB and thermal cameras, as well as environmental sensors to gather valuable data on conditions within the galleries. This will facilitate visual inspections of power lines in both the visible and infrared spectrum, ensuring an accurate evaluation of their condition.