ZALA AERO completed the second stage of pilot testing to search for methane leaks and hazardous chemicals using the Z-16 GAS/DLS and Z-16GAS-VR payloads. The main task of the tests was to search for simulated methane leaks on the linear part of pipelines and oil and gas production facilities in the Krasnodar region using ZALA unmanned systems.
The tests consisted of several parts: preparatory, flight, and office studies. The preparatory part included obtaining initial data on monitoring objects, drawing up a flight task, and conducting the necessary training of the crew and equipment. During the flight tests, searches for methane and harmful chemical leaks were made, followed by processing the search results. In conclusion, in-house data processing was performed, a report on identified leak locations was compiled, and information was passed to interested parties.
Recording and generation of a leak existing card were performed in real-time, indicating the concentration of the substance and the coordinates of the gas cloud.
In the course of pilot tests, ZALA AERO performed 10 flights, which revealed 6 sites with a high content of methane and hydrogen sulfide. The total length of the surveyed objects was 25 kilometers, 16 of which are located in mountainous areas.
ZALA AERO produces target load methane detectors with a measurement range from 0 to 99,999 ppm, as well as multi-channel gas analyzers that can detect vapors and gases in a wide range of names (including methane, propane, butane, sulfur, nitrogen, etc.) and a concentration range from 0.01 to 1000 mg/m3.