Solar Panel Inspections in Hammer

Hammer is an adaptive flight automation platform for drone surveys and inspections. We support a large number of mission types on both mobile tablets through Hammer App and Desktop environments through Hammer Hub.

Whatever the mission, Hammer can adapt to it and help you capture the best possible data.


In this tutorial, we will focus on solar inspections — 1 of the many inspection missions supported by Hammer. If you prefer watching a video tutorial instead, here’s one below:

Solar Inspection

This type of inspection is useful for aligning your drone directly on top of solar panels for closer inspection and analysis using a visual or thermal camera.

In this mission, Hammer generates a flight plan based on your the polygon (area boundary) and points (solar panel rows) input by the pilot. Hammer then calculates a flight path ensuring that the flight lines pass through the marked solar rows. Hammer also gives you options to configure the drone orientation, row angle and other settings for the mission.

You can think of it as a regular grid mission with additional options to mark & configure solar panel rows and settings.

Steps to Create Tap on the new mission file icon to create a new mission file. Rename the file. Tap on the add(+) button in the right side panel. Choose ‘Solar Inspection’ from the available missions. Draw a polygon to mark the solar farm area to be inspected. Tap OK.

Marking the area boundary for solar Inspections

Steps to Configure Tap on the white gear icon on the mission you wish to configure. This will open a settings menu. Tap on the Mark Solar Panels button. Hammer will prompt to mark the solar panel rows. Tap on the map to mark the solar rows. Add as many rows as you like. Then tap OK. Hammer will generate flight lines passing through the marked points.

Adding solar panels to the solar mission

Note: Solar panels can also be marked on the map by flying the drone in the field manually and aligning it on top of relevant solar panels, using Hammer’s fly-to-draw functions.

6. Now configure the remaining settings in the menu – all relevant to solar panel inspections:

Brief description of the available settings:

Camera Type: The camera to be attached to the drone for the inspection. Hammer will use this camera’s

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