Inspection Workflow

The LR1 Payload can easily be configured to perform inspections on power lines, wind turbines, and other infrastructure!

Gimbal Setup

For inspection use cases, we recommend using a long lens to maintain a safe distance from your subject. We have found that both the Sony FE 50mm F1.8 and Samyang 75mm F1.8 work well.

The Samyang 75mm may need a lens firmware update to work well in autofocus mode with the LR1

After changing the lens, make sure to balance the gimbal, covered in this section:

Changing Lenses

Camera Setup

We recommend the following camera settings for sharp, detailed images:

NameSetting RangeExplanation

Shutter Speed

1/4000 to 1/100th

A faster shutter speed reduces motion blur

Aperture

F5 or higher

Higher the aperture makes more parts of the image in focus

ISO, White Balance

Auto

Auto for these usually work well

JPEG Size

Large

More detail = better!

Image Storage

External USB

Images are geotagged when saved to the external USB. This allows images to be associated with specific assets like power line poles

All of these parameters can be setup in AMC, accessed by the 3 lines under the shutter button Additional settings we recommend:

  • Focus: Auto

  • Focus mode: Center or Zone

  • Overlay: Reticle

#protips

  • Download the offline maps for the area you will be flying in

  • Check the vibration isolators are in good condition before each flight

  • Check the gimbal is balanced and the thumbscrews are tight

Astro is resistant to electromagnetic interference created by high voltage power lines with our Compassesless algorithm! Make sure Astro is updated to 1.6 or later

Pilots should still be careful when flying close wires and towers as these can often be difficult to see

Be careful when flying under structures! Astro can lose GPS signal and drift

Be careful when flying near wind turbines! Astro can fly in winds up to 12m/s (27mph), above this Astro will trigger RTL.

The current estimated windspeed is displayed in the lower right-hand corner of AMC in flight

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