Rockwell Collins Conducts UAS Power Line Inspection Demo

Following a demonstration with BNSF Railway, Rockwell Collins has shown how its CNPC-1000 command-and-control data link can enable inspection of other linear infrastructure by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of their operators.

The latest test involved a small unmanned helicopter flying along almost 10 mi. of power line owned by Ameren Transmission near Newton, Illinois. The flight was enabled by a mobile, multi-tower BVLOS command-and-control …


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