Roof inspection using quadrocopters...

Hey, I had to get my roof repaired, and so I took my quad up for a little roof inspection afterwards.  Worked great.  I reckon you could sell this as a package to roofing companies.  That way they could show home owners how bad their roofs are and why they need repair, and then show them how great it looks when all the work is done. 

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2013 at 3:29pm

Love it! Now can you get it to clean the bird poop off my skylights?

Comment by Gary McCray on March 31, 2013 at 3:47pm

Really good idea Chris,

An actual practical use that could be provided as a free service by roofing companies to avoid FAA entanglements.

And Chris a servo, a can of window spray and a blow dry.

Come to think of it, window cleaning might be more practical than you might guess.

Comment by Christoph Albiez on March 31, 2013 at 5:19pm

Yeah, just recently did similar to inspect the damage the snow did to the solar panels on my parents roof.

did some flights a few weeks before with snow on when it was just to dangerous to go up on the roof yourself as you didn't know the the snow was to break free

great tool when used wisely.

Comment by Randy on March 31, 2013 at 7:57pm

Yes, this is a really good use.  Pretty easy, saves time.

Comment by Luke Olson on March 31, 2013 at 9:34pm

It's definitely something that roofing companies could use, and a lot of other folks for that matter. Too bad the FAA has dropped the ball and continues to drop the ball on commercial applications of UAS.

Comment by AKRCGUY on March 31, 2013 at 10:11pm

Works great, keeps contractors on their best too :)  See pics below-

Comment by Gary Mortimer on March 31, 2013 at 11:10pm

Building inspections are exactly what I had in mind for the latest T3, the qube one. Obviously we don't all live in cubes but you have to start somewhere. In the not too distant future I see an entire class of UA that hugs a building doing its thing and staying outside of aviation regulation.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2013 at 11:18pm

Gary, seriously, I'm working on a window-cleaning UAV, with a tether giving power and water. Based on a ducted fan and shaped like a can with a couple wiper blades sticking out. Just trying to get the "handle of the squeegee" steering interface right.  Killer app for domestic UAVs!

Comment by Gary Mortimer on March 31, 2013 at 11:40pm

Chris that's tech too far it's why we had children isn't it? You know how they are looking for sounds for electric cars to make as they drive about. Well your window-o-matic must carry a speaker and sound this out as it flies.

Something crawling and clinging to a roof to paint it would be handy. I hate getting up there to do that job. Folks are already thinking about spotting cracks

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2013 at 11:47pm

Gary, absolutely on the children, but due to silly concerns by their mother they're not allowed to hang off the roof and do the top floors. Dunno why I had them really. Useless. Gotta get a robot to do a kid's work!


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