Category Archives: Aircraft Propulsion & Energy

Tech Inspired By Nikola Tesla Charges Drones In Mid-Air


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


Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics


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


Sentera’s AgVault Mobile App 2.0 Battery Swap Feature

sentera-imageSentera 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.

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