New pipeline inspection drone can fly 80 km at a time


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New pipeline inspection drone can fly 80 km at a time

South Korean company Doosan Mobility Innovation has developed a DS30 octocopter that can fly continuously for 120 minutes on a single fill of its hydrogen fuel tank..

A drone weighing 20 kg is capable of covering a distance of 80 km at a time, and carrying a payload of up to 5 kg. However, additional cargo will affect the maximum range and flight time..

Starting next week, a US oil and gas company will begin using the DS30 to visually inspect a large pipeline. During checks The octocopter will have to fly 80.5 km and then land at one of the nearby gas stations, where the operator will manually replenish its supply of hydrogen. In the future, the refueling process can be automated.

The drone will make similar 80-kilometer flights across the highway over the next six months, performing routine inspections in all weather conditions, and will also respond to emergencies such as a leak. At first, the device will be controlled remotely, but the developers plan to improve the system and make it completely autonomous.

We also previously reported on the creation of a roofer drone that can fix the shingles on its own.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Doosan Mobility Innovation

New pipeline inspection drone can fly 80 km at a time

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