Does anyone have experience with flying IRIS near suburban electrical power lines and transformers?
There are many online videos of UAVs flying in suburban settings with visible utility poles and lines.
Since EMF attenuates rapidly with the square of the distance, what is the danger zone for flying an IRIS above, below, or along these utility lines.
Also, what is a safe distance to launch and land. Is 50 feet away from lines and transformers sufficient for establishing a good GPS lock.
Major concerns are the electromagnetic effects on the Pixhawk, the onboard compass, the GPS, and other onboard electronics, Interference with the FlySky transmitter-receiver links can be tested before any flight attempts.
We have typical 60 Hz distribution line voltage at something like 7,200 volts running through the neighborhood on three wires (with a fourth ground wire lower on the pole) and a transformer drum every 50 yards or so.
Using a Trifield Meter the maximum Electric field readings were 500 volts/meter within 10 or 12 feet of the utility lines and 30 feet from the transformer drum. Magnetic field readings were minimal, under 2 milligauss at the same locations.
I read in a forum that folks are wrapping the PIX with Alum Foil to cut out the interference. I am thinking that an RF mesh would do a better job and allow for ventilation. I am looking into this even though I have not had any issues to date.
The reason not to fly close to power lines has nothing to do with interference but the danger and massive cost of the damage you could do if you fly into them by mistake. Its reckless and an unnecesary risk. Use some common sense and just stay away from them.
Guys, you need to consider what you're flying around. The service to a house or barn is not something you need to be paranoid of. That's only 240 volts, insulated, and firmly attached with a steel cable. You're not going to experience any interference. And hitting it would damage the drone long before it damaged the lines.
The lines out on the street could be 1,000 volts, 30,000 volts etc. The transmission lines on the towers are in the hundreds of thousands of volts. Depends on what their purpose and design. Get really close and I suppose you could being experiencing interference. But you also have no business flying your multirotor up that close to begin with! It's not like it is capable of cutting the wires. It will just wreck the drone. The problem is when your drone gets hung up between lines. Congratulations, you've just caused a regional blackout.
yesterday , i was returning to launch , and when approaching the 240v lines , the drone suddenly decided to go down fast, and i crashed ton the wall of my garden.after this , it was still able to fly , so i made a 1 mn loiter flight in the garden 3m high without any problem.
May be my neighbour was doing some electric welding at that time...its 240 volts only , but electromagnetic field is produced by I , not V.As here in the Philippines the distribution is not balanced (240 , and GND) there is to counter field, that can reduce the field created by the hot line.