French National Railway Company (SNCF) Tests Infrastructure Inspection by UAS

Last week, the SNCF (French National Railway Company) completed its first experiment of viaduct inspection by an UAS. During this experiment, the trains were still running at 300 km/h.

Until now, the inspection and maintenance of the viaduct in concrete of Roquemaure, built from 1997 to 1998 above the Rhone, was performed annually by a vehicle circulating on the road, equipped with a basket to drop below the viaduct. But on Tuesday, 5 November, in the morning, this inspection was carried out by a small UAS  flying close to the arches of the viaduct where pass trains between Orange (Vaucluse) and Roquemaure (Gard) and piloted by an operator on the Bank of the Rhone.

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