An unmanned aerial surveillance drone is only as good as its power source, and as such many technologies are being considered that could drastically extend the duration of drone missions – for instance, DARPA's Vulture program has helped develop a giant solar plane that, theoretically, could fly for five years straight. But Seattle-based LaserMotive thinks laser power is the answer, and to prove it they recently kept a tiny 22-gram helicopter aloft for hours by beaming power to it via a laser.
Police Department hopes to use flying drones as an extra set of eyes
By Gregory MonePosted 03.26.2008 at 9:56 am 2 Comments
Behave yourself in Miami, because the eyes-in-the-sky may soon be watching. We're still not sure about all those rumors concerning insect-sized flying vehicles keeping watch over cities, but larger versions certainly seem to be on the way.