Hadek

 

Together with Hadek Protective Systems, we have created a new special purpose drone, designed to fly autonomously to inspect industrial chimneys faster and better.

Hadek is the expert on power plant chimneys. They came to Avular to help them make chimney inspections easier, faster and safer. Smart move, because we have just the right tools to help them: our Vertex drone platform and a team of highly-skilled engineers.So, we adjusted a Vertex specifically for chimney inspections. We added a sophisticated camera module and localization based on lidar, barometer and IMU.

The lidarsensor is integrated to measure the position relative to the walls of the chimney (x and y). Following the implementation of the lidar sensor to the Vertex, we adjusted the control software to work with the lidar measurements.

After the successful integration we’ve selected and implemented a camera module suitable for this specific use-case. Communication between the camera module and a ground station through a wireless link was established, including a simple Graphical User Interface.

 

Specs

  • Size: 780x780x325mm (LxWxH) including props

  • Lidar

  • Barometer

  • IMU

  • Camera Module

  • Graphical User Interface

Compared to a Vertex, this drone is much stronger, bigger and heavier-equipped. We have added a camera module and localization based on LiDar, barometer and IMU. There’s wireless communication between the camera module and a ground station, so it’s possible to establish a live-stream. It even has a simple Graphical User Interface, so it’s a pleasure to work with the drone.