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How Skydio Drones are Used For Inspecting Power Equipment

Power Generation Maintenance

Fly up close to inspect and document power generating equipment and oil and gas facilities safely with the best 360° obstacle avoidance and autonomous data capture drone on the market.

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Energy Transmission & Delivery

Fly unaffected in highly energized, obstacle rich, and GPS denied environments to inspect transmission, substation, and distribution networks easily with Skydio drones powered by Skydio Autonomy Enterprise.

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Inspection eBook Vol 4 - Utility Management

Learn the benefits of using autonomous navigation and capture drones for inspecting power generating facilities and transmission infrastructure

Current Inspection Methods are Inefficient and Dangerous

Risky Human Inspections

Tower climbs, bucket trucks, and other human-based inspection methods are expensive, time-consuming, and dangerous.

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Manual Drone Inspections

Manual drones have untrustworthy obstacle avoidance and fail to work in energiezed and GPS-denied environments requiring many hours of pilot training to avoid crashes.

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Skydio Drones Improve Utility Inspection

Operate with Utmost Safety

Fly with confidence in the most challenging utility environments thanks to Skydio Autonomy Enterprise.

  • Computer vision navigation allows you to fly reliably around energized environments. Skydio drones don’t rely on magnetometers and offer robust operation in strong electric and magnetic fields.
  • 360° collision avoidance helps you inspect around “noisy” utilities environments surrounded by oil and gas equipment, powerlines, wires and vegetation.
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Capture High Quality Data

Intelligent AI-assisted flight allowed inspectors to capture data at their precise specifications.

  • Close proximity obstacle avoidance allows the drone to fly safely and closely to the inspection target.
  • Adaptive capture using Skydio 3D Scan helps you capture comprehensive data with resolution as low as 0.65 mm/pixel.
  • Dual capture available with Skydio X2 allows you capture images in both color and thermal palettes.

Inspect Fast and Efficiently

Enable individual pilots to do more inspections in less time.

  • Autonomous capture using Skydio 3D Scan enables you to automate the inspection process without prior knowledge of the site, reducing inspection times by up to 90%.
  • Ease of use, thanks to unparalleled autonomy, reduces the training burden on UAS teams and makes their programs viable and scalable.
Skydio Energy and Utilities Products

Learn about Skydio Solutions for Energy and Utility Inspection

Skydio X2 Color/Thermal

Rugged, long-range drone built for inspection work

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Skydio 3D Scan

Autonomous data capture software for S2+ and X2

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Skydio 2+ for Enterprise

Our popular mid-range autonomous drone

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Skydio Cloud

Connected flight operations for your Skydio fleet

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Fly Safely in Highly Energized Environments

EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) did not observe any electric or magnetic field impact to the aircraft's flight behavior, collision avoidance systems or command and control systems when flying in high voltage electric fields and strong electromagnetic fields induced by current flowing.



Utility Customer Quotes

Eversource

Skydio is going to help us perform faster and higher quality inspections of all of our energy infrastructure, while also making it safer for our teams in the field."

Elizabeth Hall

Lead UAS Engineer

Aeronyde

After rigorously testing thousands of automated missions across the DJI lineup of drones, the Skydio 2 outperformed DJI by nearly every quantifiable metric."

Edgar Muñoz

CEO

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Resources

Energy and Utility Articles

3D Tower Capture: 3D Scan Gets Smarter

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2D GPS Capture: A new capture mode for Skydio 3D Scan

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Utility Management With Skydio Autonomous Drones

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Breaking Regulatory Barriers for Remote Operations

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Product Datasheets

Skydio 3D Scan

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Skydio X2E Color/Thermal

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Skydio Cloud

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Skydio 2+ Enterprise

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Webinars

Inspection at Scale - How to Build a Mission-Critical Drone Inspection Program

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AI Meets Inspection: How Autonomous Drones are Changing the Game in Enterprise

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What’s New with Skydio: Introducing Skydio 2+

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From manual drones to Skydio: An industry veteran on best practices for the Age of Autonomy

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