North Dakota Companies Deploy UAS to Help Construct Power Lines

In cooperation with an investor-owned utility, North Dakota-based companies Sharper Shape and SkySkopes recently executed a power line construction mission using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Specifically, the partners deployed the Sharper A6 drone to string sock lines for a 675 kV line construction project.

Sock pulling – the act of flying a strong and lightweight rope and attaching it to the towers – is typically performed with helicopters or by workers who climb the towers, the companies explain. However, both of these methods involve risk to both helicopter pilots and...

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