DRONE AIRSHIPS

Thanks to a highly qualified team of experts in designing and assembling aerostats and flexible structures, CNIM Air Space leads your tailor-made drone airship projects.

DIRIDRONE: THE LIGHTER-THAN-AIR DRONE

As part of a R&D partnership contract with RTE (Le Réseau de Transport d’Electricité, the French electricity transmission system operator), CNIM Air Space has developed a tailor-made drone airship demonstrator: Diridrone.

Diridrone is targeting surveillance and infrastructure inspection professionals looking for an aerial platform which is innovative, persistent and with low operational costs.

THE OPERATIONAL CONCEPT OF THE DRONE AIRSHIP, BY CNIM AIR SPACE

Long distance flights

Stationary flights

Vertical take-off and landing

Flights with autopilot

Payload: 10 kg

DIRIDRONE PROJECT:

FIRST FLIGHTS FOR THE INSPECTION OF THE HIGH-VOLTAGE LINES MANAGED BY RTE

Since 2017, CNIM Air Space has been working with RTE (Le Réseau de Transport d’Electricité, the French electricity transmission system operator) to develop a drone airship dedicated to the inspection of high-voltage lines: Diridrone.

In October 2020, this lighter-than-air drone has achieved with success its first missions in real conditions of use, above the power lines. This success is a key step of the Diridrone project. The final goal of the Diridrone project for RTE is to facilitate and to automatize the maintenance of the power lines network over long distances.

OTHER EXAMPLES OF APPLICATIONS

INSPECTION

SURVEILLANCE

Linear inspection: power lines, pipelines, railways, highways, waterways, etc.

Area inspection: agriculture, maritime zone, forestry, oyster farming, engineering structures, etc.

Surveillance of industrial and sensitive sites (patrols)

Surveillance of large public events