Our integrated solution has two key technological components: Our customized control that enables the UAV to have positional awareness in relation to the wind blade and our purpose selected payload.
Our proprietary control feature provides the relative position of the UAV to the blade. This enables the UAV to know where, and how close, it is to the blade. Complementing this information with other onboard sensors the UAV always keeps a safe distance from the blade and follows a much more stable and robust path. Importantly this makes the blade inspection a semi-autonomous and robust procedure as it is no longer dependent on pilot expertize and ensures that the UAV does not collide with the blade. This offers unparalleled reliability and operational safety. Furthermore we are continuously improving our control system with the aim of reaching a fully automated inspection.
We have selected and integrated a custom payload optimized for the specificities of inspecting a blade. Visual inspections are carried out using an industrial camera to deliver milimetric precision on the blade. Thermal inspections, either induced or passive, will also be integrated at a later stage.