Unlimited flight time drone project presented in Russia

Nowadays, UAVs have found application in a wide variety of areas of human activity. And despite the fact that modern drones are capable of being in flight for quite a long time, for some tasks, such as video surveillance and obtaining large amounts of scientific information, this is still not enough.

An original solution to the above problem was proposed by specialists (RSC) Energia named after A. S.P. Queen. The engineers presented a project of a quadrocopter that can be powered by a laser beam and stay in flight for an unlimited time.

The patent documentation notes that a beam formed from electromagnetic radiation from a laser generating station will be directed to the drone's body through a search, tracking and guidance system. Moreover, the energy source itself can be ground, air and even space based.

It is assumed that the laser beam will be aimed at the photovoltaic cells of the drone, which will generate enough electricity for continuous flight.

Naturally, such a system is not designed for drone operating scenarios where high flight speeds are required. However, it can provide an unlimited time "hovering" over a certain area for video surveillance and scientific data collection.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 October 2020 12: 27
    So they talked about this or a similar project already 3 years ago. Zero sense.
    This laser will fly into such grandmothers that it is easier to optimize them ... and run ordinary ones ...
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 26 October 2020 12: 37
      Well, yes, bad weather, rain, snow, or even the enemy launched a smokescreen and this project fell ... For the place of serial samples, we have serial projectors - so I probably saw it easier and faster (get advances, there’s no way to go) .. ...
      1. King3214 Offline King3214
        King3214 (Sergius) 26 October 2020 13: 30
        Raise it above cloud level and send a laser from a stationary space-based battery-powered satellite powered by large solar panels.
        1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 26 October 2020 14: 05
          It looks like you are also a participant in such project cuts ... (* plowing the cosmic ocean "sitting on a chair in the office.) Something is not visible such success in Rosskosmos, there are more criminal cases than successes ...
          1. King3214 Offline King3214
            King3214 (Sergius) 27 October 2020 14: 50
            And you were interested in the success of "Roskosmos" or do you add up your opinion according to the headings of the "garbage" media?
            1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 27 October 2020 16: 40
              So the official victorious achievements are not heard, only the promises of D. Rogozin, but the silent failures are only "garbage" telling ...
  2. Polente the Wanderer 26 October 2020 14: 04
    The Russian module "Science" will be prepared for launch to the International Space Station by the second quarter of 2021, a spokesman for the press service of "Roscosmos" told RIA Novosti.

    The Science module was planned to be connected to the ISS in 2007 ...
    So the projects are good, but when practically something will be done, and not just serve as a cab for the Yankees and others.
  3. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 27 October 2020 15: 58
    If not prohibitively expensive and technically feasible, then fine. Pipelines, forest fires, the state of water bodies - using UAVs is in any case cheaper than helicopters or aerial photography.
  4. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 24 November 2020 08: 52
    Another "perpetum mobile". The authors have never heard the word "motor resource".