SaskPower sends in the drone

REGINA — When its six rotors start spinning, SaskPower’s new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sounds like a swarm of angry bees.

The drone, which was purchased from a Swift Current-based company for approximately $23,000 last November, is being tested by the Crown corporation to see if the technology can be of use to its workers.

So far, the three-person crew that’s been using the drone for inspecting switching stations in the southern part of the province say it’s lived up to expectations.

“Before this, we could only take ground photos. We couldn’t get up on top of transformers or buses or stuff while it is energized … and now we can take photos from above,” said Chad Schneider, a powerline tech with SaskPower’s transmission south department, and one of the drone’s pilots.

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