Inspection and maintenance

Inspection from the sky with a flying robot

Inspection and maintenance

Using a flying robot/drone for aerial inspection speeds up difficult and dangerous tasks, without risk to life & limb.

Inspection from the sky

Where people used to make difficult climbs, a revolution is taking place

An AIR6 flight robot enables inspection of:  utility poles, windmills, dams, bridges, construction sites, smoke stacks, and industrial roofs from the sky and makes high resolution recordings – and no one has to climb up or rappel down anything, or expose himself to danger. Plus, inspections can take place during the normal course of business, so there’s no need to shut down a power grid or close a bridge.

Utility pole inspection

The video shows how using our intelligent utility pole database software, a single person can complete an overhead power line inspection in the fastest time possible. High-resolution photos taken by a drone-mounted camera show potential defects in insulation and transmission systems, without needing to deploy industrial climbers or interrupt the power supply. Compared to conventional inspection, aerial photography is faster, easier, more economical, and above all significantly safer in any season. The AIR6 system is designed for single-user operation: The flight robotics selects pre-determined flight maneuvers from a freely programmable database. For utility poles, the data for multiple poles is saved along with the flight plan, points of interest, and photo spots.

By simply placing geo-locators next to the utility poles, a pilot can define the drone’s desired flight path above them. As soon as the pilot starts his flight, the drone approaches each photo spot with pinpoint accuracy and takes a snapshot. The pilot can see everything that’s happening live from his ground station (although not in film), and can take manual control of the aircraft at any time.

Thermal Inspection Solution

Thermo diagnosis of photovoltaic power plants The Airborne system is a light, compact camera set for the visible spectrum, thermal imaging camera and control elements that enable the user to quickly check a large area of the whole power plant. During the flight, it is possible to monitor live images, to produce a fully radiometric record or sequence the images of the whole flight. Records can be then analysed by the CorePlayer software, which has advanced measuring functions and the option to easily and quickly produce reports. The Airborne system enables to remotely switch regimes and, for example, to define alarm statuses when selecting the contract colour in the thermogram to highlight places with a temperature exceeding the expected limit. The hot points “light up” on the thermogram and on first sight it is possible to identify and focus on these during a detailed inspection. The visible identification of warmer places is supported by the option to set a manual scope for the temperature scale. Individual colours in the selected pallet show the same temperature, which is not automatically changed by a change in the temperature of the monitored area as is the case with simpler systems.

Sharp pictures show detail

For safety reasons, utility poles have always been inspected in teams of two, making it rather time-intensive to climb and inspect each one. Even before an in-person inspection can take place, there’s often a quick look from a helicopter – also involving a team of two, at an additional risk. Add to that the cost of a helicopter flight-hour, which can run over $1200, plus wages for crew. Our AIR6, with camera and inspection software, is an inexpensive solution resulting in better documentation, and much of the work takes place comfortably at your desk (for example, screening photos). A utility pole can be inspected and documented in minutes. The photographs are taken with 12 – 80 megapixel cameras, so that even zoomed in, the details are easily recognizable. The example below shows a 24.3 Mp photograph taken by a Sony Alpha 6000.

Comfortably screen photos from your office PC: Zoom into the smallest details, so that even small writing is legible.

Cracks in the concrete

Vertical surfaces: An AIR6 inspecting a dam

Cracks in the concrete

The concrete in dams, cooling towers, bridges, and windmills must be inspected at regular intervals, and an AIR6 can help with this routine task: Monitoring structures and structural incidents (recognizing and measuring damage), inspecting and documenting current conditions or even damage are all greatly simplified through aerial photo documentation. Pin-sharp long shots and high-resolution, zoomed-in details will quickly show you where maintenance is needed.

Aerial photographs of construction sites for supervision, bridge inspection, utility pole and power line monitoring, facade testing, monitoring difficult or inaccessible areas or flying roofs, evaluating the condition of smokestacks, cooling towers, and windmills – these are just some of the applications of an AIR6 with thermal imaging, video, photo, or a combination of all three.


Inspection drone AIR6 plus software

  • Designed as a single-user flight system
  • Automatic flight combined with free flight via remote control: The operator can take manual control at any time.
  • Flight definition made easy with geo-locators to mark takeoff, landing, and flight path
  • Takeoff weight under 11 lbs. ensures easy flight authorization throughout Europe
  • Significant reduction in the effort and cost of inspection
  • Quiet and environmentally friendly
  • Shorter maintenance intervals make for higher operational safety
  • Use of thermal/real image combination available at any time
  • High camera resolution of up to 80 Megapixels (photographs in raw image format), allows for simple inspection from your desk after a flight
  • The easiest way to archive hundreds of thousands of photos in your company network (e.g. with a digital photo archive)
Inspection drone

Inspections, without interrupting operations: A refinery duct system

Inspection with thermal imaging

Solar Inspection

With an aerial infrared camera (IR), you can quickly inspect solar installations like the ones on top of Austria’s Kioto solar energy company, pictured here. In our example, an IR-analysis turned up defects in solar collectors, which needed to be exchanged. Recognizing damage before the warranty expires can save money and increase overall energy efficiency.

Solar Inspection with Drone

Recognizing defective solar panels

drone with thermal imaging camera

The AIR6 inspecting a business roof


With a thermal imaging camera, the AIR6 drone can quickly check whether your business is throwing money away on heat loss, and verify that every solar cell on your roof is functioning properly.

Since it’s possible to change cameras on an AIR6, you can use a thermal imaging camera to gather information about the seal of a roof. If, for example, heat is escaping unnoticed through a skylight, the thermal imaging camera will detect it. For larger factories, repairing a leaky roof would cost more than using a flying robot. And dysfunctional solar cells are just as easily identified.

Drone for Inspection and maintenance

The All-rounder

The AIR6 is specifically designed to carry all kind of equipment: cameras, sensors, research instruments…

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Max. load: 
1.5 kg | 3.3 lbs
Max. total weight: 
5.5 kg | 12.1 lbs
Max. flight time: 
up to 30 minutes
Max. wind speed: 
50 km/h | 31.1 mph
Max. speed: 
75 km/h | 43.5 mph
Battery swap: 
change in 30 sec.

AIRBORNE Remote Control DC16

JETI DC16 Remote Control

The DC-16 features unbeatable precision, and satisfies the most demanding pilot.

Robust, developed for industrial use, adapted to our applications and pre-programmed, the pilot can concentrate on the flight and his work.

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RC Case

Airborne MFS

Completely pre-installed and ready for immediate use

Our Mission Flight System is delivered completely pre-installed and immediately ready for use. Plan your automated flights over pre-selected areas in just a few minutes, instead of steering your drone by hand.

  • Over 10 different GEO maps
  • Unlimited number of waypoints
  • Manually editable waypoints (altitude, speed, etc.)
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“MFS” Mission Flight System

“MFS” Mission Flight System

WIRIS 2nd Generation

Airborne Robotics is pleased to introduce you a brand
new thermal imaging system WIRIS 2nd Generation for
unmanned air systems (UAV) or drones. We pushed
the limits forward and created all- in-one system that
weighs approximately 400 g. It can have a resolution
up to 640 x 512 pixels with temperature sensitivity up
to 0.03°C and temperature range up to 1 500 °C. The
main goal of the system is a simple transfer,
storage and real-time analysis of radiometric
(temperature) data directly from UAV (drone) and
displays these data on an operator's controller in real
time. The system can...

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Flir Thermal Imaging Sensors

Infrared camera module

The uncooled infrared camera module FLIR Tau 640 displays at a high resolution of 640 x 512 pixels. With its compact design, the Tau 640 lends itself to easy installation and integration with the AIR6. The Tau series is used in many fields with a variety of different requirements.

  • Resolution: 640 x 512 pixels
  • Sensitivity: <50 mK at f/1.0
  • Thermal imager: Uncooled Vox Microbolometer
  • Spectral band: 7.5 – 13.5 µm
  • Operating voltage: 4.4 – 6 V DC
  • Weight: 2.8  – 16.8 oz. (depending on lens)

Infrared camera module

FLIR Tau 2 Uncooled Thermal Imaging Camera core

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