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Problem: Oil and gas inspections are dangerous, costly and lengthy. To maintain compliance with government regulations, these inspections must occur regularly. Implementing unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology to gather imagery and data means inspections can occur with less human risk, less cost and more often.

Requirements: To improve employee safety, reduce cost of inspections and decrease time required to complete inspections, Trumbull Unmanned required a system that:

  • Could provide high-quality images from a safe distance
  • Was affordable

Solution: Trumbull turned to Lockheed Martin’s Indago quadrotor UAS and its new 30x payload. This camera captures high resolution inspection images and video with 30x optical zoom and enhanced digital zoom. Trumbull uses Indago for oil refinery smoke stack inspections.

The vertical takeoff and landing UAS can be used during normal refinery operations, meaning the systems don’t have to be shut down during inspections. Indago can capture these detailed images from 300 feet away and can be used in all weather, even when manned aircraft are grounded.

The same case applies to high voltage transmission towers, antenna towers, wind turbines/wind mills, train tracks, bridges, oil pipelines, oil rigs/platforms, and any other dull, dangerous, or dirty inspection activity.