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Robot goes searching in the sun for another overload

A robot designed to traverse utility lines and search for damage and other problems has been developed by mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego.

The SkySweeper robot is made from off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on a 3D printer.

It’s claimed SkySweeper could be scaled up for less than $1,000, making it significantly more economical than robots currently used to inspect power lines.

Source: University of California, San Diego

SkySweeper is V-shaped with a motor-driven “elbow” in the middle and its ends are equipped with clamps that open and close as necessary to move it down the line

 

Video:

SkySweeper robot simplifies power line inspection


Readers' comments (2)

  • Be interesting to see what happens when it comes to a cable suspender or isolator stand off, or how the inventor intends to cope with that!

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  • Someone is showing their age!

    "I am a lineman for the county
    And I drive the main road
    Searchin' in the sun for another overload"

    Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman

    (just in case younger readers didn't get the article title!)

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