A drone that can fly forever revealed from Boeing

A drone that can fly forever revealed from Boeing

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James J. Childress and John J. Viniotis from Boeing have been given approval from the US Patent and Trademark Office for their autonomous drone that is able to recharge without even having to land.

[Image Courtesy of USPTO/Boeing]

Drones have a limited amount of time that they can fly as they are limited by the electricity or fuel they can carry. However this is a limitation that will soon be a thing of the past. The patent describes a system that has battery-powered dirigibles or drones that deploy a tether that is retractable. This tether can connect up to a power source while the drone is hovering. Once it is fully charged it then flies off and completes the task that it has been programmed to do and another drone will then take its place at the charging point.

Depending on the application of the drone its tether can connect to many sources and these include power supplies that are based on land or the ocean. It can also tether to moving vehicles and this means that it is able to charge while it is flying.

[Image Courtesy of USPTO/Boeing]

Boeing filed the patent in March 2013 and it was given approval this week. The concept is a reasonable one for being effective when it comes to managing and charging fleets of drones. As the drones are able to fly without having to land to be recharged there is no need for storage and landing space. This doesn’t do away with the need of them having to land periodically so that they can be maintained.

At the moment the system is on the drawing board and we have no idea if Boeing is going to build the drones or not.

Via [Businessinsider]