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Line Inspection Robot and System

Abstract: 

The present invention relates to an overhead transmission line inspection robot and system for inspecting transmission line components and right of way conditions. The overhead transmission line inspection robot includes a communications and control system adapted to control the robot and transmit information and a drive system for propelling the robot along a shield wire to enable inspection over a large area. The robot further includes a camera adapted to inspect right of way and component conditions; a light detection and ranging (LiDar) sensor adapted to measure conductor position, vegetation, and nearby structures; and a global positioning system adapted to identify the robot's position and speed.

Patent Number: 
8,666,553
Date Of Issue: 
03/04/2014
Inventors: 

Andrew John Phillips; J. Mark Major; Glynn R. Bartlett