Pneumatic-Mechanical Systems in UAVs: Autonomous Power Line Sensor Unit Deployment

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have introduced benefits in many areas of the energy sector. Today, power line sensor deployment is manually executed on passive power lines using helicopters, introducing great risks, costs and difficulties for the power distribution companies and the human operators.

In this paper, we present a novel modular mechanical system utilizing pneumatic as the actuation source to deploy a sensor unit to a power line using a UAV, with aid of an autonomous alignment algorithm. The results show that the UAV can facilitate the sensor unit, and is capable of deploying it to the power line in an autonomous manner. The works leave opportunity for expanding to further applications in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2021 (ICRA)
Place of PublicationIEEE
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28. Feb 2021


  • Mechanical
  • Pneumatic
  • Autonomous
  • UAS

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