Orbital Engineering, Inc. (Orbital) just completed a successful UAV (drone) flight within a large east coast refinery. The mission was to collect high definition video and still photos during large vessel installation. The vessel was being lifted into place with a large crawler crane. The vessel installation, UAV flights and data collection were successful. Orbital Engineering used a DJI Matrice 200 Industrial Quadcopter with a 20.8MP DJI X5S camera for high definition, wide-angle images and a 180X Zoom DJI Z30 camera for close-up views of the installation. The work required an extensive amount of safety precautions, FAA correspondence and planning including a detailed Job Hazard Analysis. Additionally, an FAA Part 107 wavier had to be filed to allow this flight to be completed within Class B airspace for an international airport.
Orbital is a privately held, multi-discipline engineering & asset management company that focuses on providing technical solutions for customers that ensure a safe work environment is maintained while utilizing new technologies such as; UAV, robotics, in-house developed computer programs & innovative software for field use with tablets. Orbital’s corporate headquarters is located in Pittsburgh, PA and has five full-service offices in Philadelphia (PA), Detroit (MI), Chicago (IL), Houston (TX) and St. Louis (MO)