Orbital Technical Solutions Completed a Successful UAV Flight Within a Large East Coast Refinery

Orbital Technical Solutions (OTS), a sister company of 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. OTS 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)