Thermography drone for aerial recordings

Thermography has become an important topic in the industrial and construction sectors in the past few decades. A new development in this area consists of thermographic inspection from the air. Combined with drones, thermal imaging cameras can be particularly useful for inspecting photovoltaic systems. Thermal imaging camera drones are also being used for the thermographic inspection of inaccessible buildings or electric power lines as well as for firefighting and law enforcement jobs. The technology could also be implemented for other industrial applications, research and development, cutting edge aerial archaeology or nature and animal observance.

Prior to the use of drones, overviews of larger photovoltaic systems could only be thermographically examined from higher locations and buildings using skyworkers or elevated photography tripods, which required extensive effort and was quite inflexible. Clients are dissatisfied with this and therefore developed the idea of a thermal imaging camera drone to inspect photovoltaic systems and larger buildings.

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With its three divisions datacom (measurement, logging, analyzing, optimizing, testing and managing networks and applications), industrial (measurement technology for EMC, HF, thermography, output, signal analysis, data recording and laboratories) and fiberoptics (fibre optic measurement and splice technology, optical components, CATV), we provide commercial Total Testing Solutions from a single source.

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HD video downlink

The drone uses an HD video downlink to send the live thermal image to one or more monitors (e.g. to a monitor for the thermographer and simultaneously to a tablet PC for the person controlling the drone). To achieve this, the overall solution uses the camera’s HDMI port and its own HD downlink solution to transmit continuous nonradiometric thermal video of the entire flight in HD quality and can include the MSX image if required. The overall solution also uses a self-developed solution to control the camera, which includes taking a radiometric thermal image while simultaneously performing visual recording.

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