Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The US Army is making a laser-powered drone that can fly indefinitely

A drone being controlled in the sky

Drones could get power beamed to them from the ground

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The US Army is taking wireless recharging to new heights, by using lasers to power small drones in mid-air.

Small flying vehicles with several rotating blades, known as multicopters or drones, have proven valuable to the military for intelligence gathering. But they are incredibly power-hungry, meaning their flying time is limited to half an hour or less.

Now the US Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center based in Maryland are developing a power beaming system with a combination of modern lasers and efficient photovoltaic …

Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/2178470-the-us-army-is-making-a-laser-powered-drone-that-can-fly-indefinitely/

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