Friday, April 11, 2014

Some Drones Can Land On Power Lines To Recharge

  • MIT student has already developed working prototype
    • Could be used by the military for long-running surveillance
    • Technique uses magnetic field to land in the perfect spot
    • Air force developing similar craft that could hunt in swarms
The days of drones needing to return to base to top up their batteries could soon be over.

An MIT student has shown off a prototype system allowing a craft to land on a power line and recharge itself.

The smart system uses the magnetic forces emitted by the lines to find the perfect place to perch itself.

The MIT prototype that can land of a power line and recharge itself. It uses magnetic sensors to find the perfect place to perch.

The MIT prototype that can land of a power line and recharge itself. It uses magnetic sensors to find the perfect place to perch.

Small and micro UAVs have enabled a number of new mission capabilities, including navigating in and around buildings and performing perch-and-stare surveillance,' wrote Joseph Moore, a PhD. candidate at MIT, who is developing the system.

'However, one of the primary limitations of these small vehicles is endurance, simply because they cannot carry sufficient power for long missions.

However, Moore, who is a student at MIT's lab dedicated to developing small flying craft, realised that power was freely available - above the ground. 
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2601919/The-drones-fly-forever-Researchers-bird-planes-land-power-lines-recharge-themselves.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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