Indago UAS completes BVLOS inspection
Lockheed Martin has completed a beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) pipeline and well asset inspection using the Indago 2 UAS, the company announced on 31 May.
The BVLOS inspection was carried out at the Foremost Testing Range in Canada, in collaboration with Canadian UAVs. Indago is Transport Canada compliant, which means Indago operators are approved for routine access to Canadian airspace.
At the testing facility, Canadian UAVs inspected pipelines and wellheads using Indago, outfitted with its 30x payload. The quadrotor’s camera captured high resolution inspection images and video with 30x optical zoom and enhanced digital zoom.
The Indago quadrotor UAS weighs 5lbs and has an endurance of around 45 minutes at a range up to five kilometres when using its handheld controller. The range can be an extended beyond ten kilometres with directional communications devices.
Indago 2 includes Lockheed Martin’s Hydra Fusion Tools that provide situational awareness during operations and real-time three-dimensional reconstruction during flight.
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