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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Power Line Inspection: A Cooperative Way in Platforms and Communications

Chuang Deng1, Shengwei Wang2, Zhi Huang2 , Zhongfu Tan3, and Junyong Liu1
1.Sichuan University, Chengdu ,610041 China
2.Sichuan Electric Power Corporation Emergency Management Center, Chengdu 610041, China
3.North China Electric Power University, Beijing, 102206, China
Abstract—The emerging technology of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has become more affordable and practicable for power line inspections. In this paper, we propose a multi-platform UAV system and multi-model communication system for highly efficient power line inspection tasks in China. The different UAVs cooperatively serve as long-distance imaging, short dis-tance imaging and communication relay. The high quality im-age/video is transmitted in realtime to the on-site control station for UAV navigation and far end office for analysis. Our experi-ence shows that the cooperative inspection for multi-UAVs can achieve a much higher efficiency than traditional inspection methods.

Index Terms—UAV, hexrotor, fixed wing, tethered rotor, pow-er line inspection, communication relay, datalink

Cite: Chuang Deng, Shengwei Wang, Zhi Huang, Zhongfu Tan, and Junyong Liu, "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Power Line Inspection: A Cooperative Way in Platforms and Communications," Journal of Communications, vol. 9, no. 9, pp. 687-692, 2014. Doi: 10.12720/jcm.9.9.687-692
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