Everything that flies must eventually land. Unless, say, it’s an all-electric drone that can recharge while in flight. Researchers at Imperial College London have demonstrated a way to transfer electricity wireless to a flying drone. Even better: they did so building on a concept pioneered by Nikola Tesla. Continue reading →
London-based electrical engineering researcher Dr. Samer Aldhaher recently posted a video demonstrating what could be the future of drone technology. The small drone you’re about to see has one distinguishing feature – it’s not carrying a battery. Continue reading →
Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Urban Aeronautics to study new market opportunities and address power system solutions to support the development of an entirely new platform family of internal rotor aircraft. The Cormorant (formerly AirMule) UAV demonstrator is already flying powered by an Arriel 1D driving two ducted-fans. Continue reading →
After over a year of careful research and development, a New Zealand resident has achieved a long sought after goal. On Saturday, September 10th, Tim Vincent flew an RPFlightSystems, Inc. Vigilant C1 aircraft for a total of 425 kilometers on a single battery pack. Continue reading →
Sentera has announced their latest update to the AgVault 2.0 Mobile iOS app, featuring a battery-swap capability that enables operators to plan a flight of any size, that seamlessly accommodates any number of batter swap-outs. The feature monitors battery life, notes the exact coordinates where it left off, and returns to the operator when a new battery is required. Once a replacement battery is installed, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) automatically resumes flight and data capture exactly where it left off.