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In The News | AUVSI News | April 13, 2017

Satellite-Connected Puma UAS Inspects Virginia Power Lines

A team from AeroVironment, Dominion Virginia Power, the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and communications company Ligado Networks conducted two days of demonstrations of beyond-line-of-sight powerline inspections using a satellite network, wrapping up with a public demonstration that included a visit by Virginia Sen. Mark Warner on Wednesday, April 12.

The demonstration, conducted in Virginia’s rural Buckingham County, used an AeroVironment Puma connected to Ligado’s SkyTerra 1 satellite system. The Puma flew over the lines — and then out of sight — before returning to land in a field next to the lines.

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