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Drones are currently being used for a variety of functions throughout the world. Common jobs that they currently have are surveillance and security, delivery services, and even some emergency services. Even hobbyists enjoy flying their drones just to pass the time.
One common problem across the board for anyone that flies drones will consistently be noted as the battery life that they have. While drone hubs are also being constructed to act as charging facilities in the sky for these UAS (unmanned aerial systems), it would still be more convenient if the drones were able to charge themselves without having to stop. This is why a group is developing the ability to have solar cells on drones.
The new solar cell drone development has been started by the SolAero Technologies Corp. They are working to develop solar powered wings for the PUMA brand drones. After receiving an award from the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, they have plenty of funds to begin the new solar wing development.
Their goal is to outfit the current Puma wing that is standard and non-solar with SolAero’s advanced ruggedized composite structure that is form fit and functional. If you’re unfamiliar with the Puma drone, it was the first drone that was granted approval by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2014 to fly over land in commercial use. This new wing will increase payload power and enhanced persistence as well as an increased range. Testing of this new Puma with the solar cell wings will take place in early 2018.
In 2017, a prototype solar wing that was developed by Alliance SpaceSystems, which is a subsidiary of company of SolAero, performed perfectly during its flight tests at Yuma Proving Grounds. Since SolAero and Alliance represent the only supplier in the world of vertically-integrated cell-composite structural products, those companies are uniquely positioned to partner with UAS OEMs and their customers to offer enhanced system performance.
Drones having longer battery life is going to take their usability to new heights. Without the need to stop flight for a battery change or for a recharge, drones will be able to travel further distances and remain in the air much longer than they currently are. This will be essential as we continue to use them in tragic situations and emergencies. As drones continue to develop, their uses will continue to change and transform.
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$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest! was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/08/1000-grabs-every-week-airvuz-drone-video-week-contest/ by Miriam McNabb
The Alliance for Drone Innovation
The new organization will address the same issues – but the coalition has now expanded to include suppliers and software developers of both personal and professional drones “as well as the innovative Americans who fly them for recreational, artistic, and business purposes,” says the Alliance.
“ADI is focused on promoting innovation and the growth of the unmanned aircraft industry for both personal and professional use,” says ADI. “…ADI promotes awareness among policymakers, media and the general public of how drones help society, ensuring that government policies allow everyone to achieve the benefits of safe and responsible drone flight.”
“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration, and other stakeholders on policies that promote innovation and allow the drone market to flourish in a responsible and safe manner,” said ADI Executive Director Jenny Rosenberg.
In addition to legal protections for recreational operators as mentioned above, the ADI supports a micro-drone classification exempting very small and lightweight aircraft from certain laws, and the preservation of FAA preemption. FAA preemption refers to the idea that the FAA should maintain ultimate authority over the airspace, preventing state, tribal and local governments from passing their own drone laws.
The Alliance for Drone Innovation was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/07/alliance-drone-innovation/ by Miriam McNabb
Firefly Drone Shows: The Team Behind That Viral Video Expands Their Fleet
Press Release: Firefly Drone Shows, founded by Kyle Dorosz and Ryan Sigmon, is expanding their fleet to 200 custom-built drones and booking for a variety of outdoor events this summer. They are the third company in the United States to gain approval for performing across the country, and one of the few in the world to also possess a night waiver from the FAA for drone shows. Routines are pre-programmed, choreographed, and automated by a computer to create any design imaginable in the sky. This level of customization makes light shows an ideal alternative to traditional fireworks for corporate, private, and special events.
Firefly recently made headlines in regional news outlets, including MLive and ABC 12, after a video of their first test performance, recorded by Grand Blanc resident Kaylin Adams, went viral. Dorosz was operating 30 drones at dusk, from Holly Cloud Hoppers flying field, which piqued the curiosity of Adams plus 10-15 other drivers who parked on the shoulder of the I-75 highway to safely view the synchronized light show.
Traditional fireworks are loud, costly, can be used only once, and emit various harmful toxins. Drone shows don’t leave a carbon footprint and can be executed repeatedly, something co-founder Dorosz believes will appeal to to eco-conscious industries including music and entertainment. “We are able to create bright, impactful displays in the sky without the significant pollution or steep costs generally associated with fireworks.”
A light show can last up to 20 minutes. However, additional drones can be launched to replace drones with depleted batteries, creating a seamless and continuous light show. Anyone attending a music festival, county fair, or corporate event this summer will be relieved to know that if they spot groups of lights performing mesmerizing routines, it’s likely a Firefly Drone Show at work and not a visit from extraterrestrial beings.
About Firefly Drone Shows
Firefly provides synchronized drone light shows for corporate and private events, as well as custom applications. One of the only FAA-approved companies in the world, Firefly offers the latest technology operated by the most experienced pilots.
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