Flame-Throwing Drones Are Being Used To Clean Power Lines of rubbish in China

This Chinese company’s idea is practical; it looks incredibly cool.

Incredible new pictures show that a power company in Xiangyang, China has a creative solution to the problem of garbage hanging on power lines: flame-throwing drones. The drones are deployed to fly up alongside hard-to-reach stretches of wire and burn off garbage like plastic bags with giant plumes of flame.

Shooting fire at a power line may seem dangerous, but it’s a whole lot less dangerous than a human being pulling stuff off a wire 30 feet up in the air.

The photos have a pretty dystopian aesthetic The unmanned eight-bladed copters look more than a little like flying, flame-shooting spiders. But not to worry, these drones are used for improving our infrastructure, not destroying it.

Henry Sapiecha

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