Tehran, Iran, August 19
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
A science-based Iranian company has produced a kind of drone which is suitable for inspecting overhead power lines.
Iran is selling these drones to Turkey, said Ali Motamedzadegan, director of Mazandaran Science Park where the drone was designed and produced, ISNA reported August 19.
The drone can alert the need for human force to inspect power transmission lines and is able to take photos and record videos of the inspected sites.
Motamedzadegan said regular drones cannot fly near power lines because the electromagnetic field around the lines creates problems for their flight.
This newly-made drone is able to fly as close as five centimeters to the power lines because it has special features to resist the electromagnetic field, he said.
The drone can fly for 30 minutes each time and can carry up to 20 kilograms at 119 kmph.
Currently, the drone can be operated from the vicinity of the inspection site, but studies are underway to use GPS technology to enable the drone to be controlled from greater distances.
Iran has gained a lot of experience in making drones _ also called unmanned aviation vehicle or UAV _ after the country first used the aircraft for military use.
The country presented its first long-range unmanned aerial drone in 2010.
Edited by CN