The Stalker UAS completes first flight powered by laser beams
The Stalker is a vehicle type UAS drone that has been in operation for several years, and is used for military operations and intelligence surveillance. Meanwhile, LaserMotive is a company dedicated to researching and developing laser technology as a means of power for commercial applications.
And the roads of both brands are crossed when Lockheed Martin, the company behind the Stalker, announces the completion of the first test of the vehicle powered by energy rays LaserMotive. The flight was conducted in a wind tunnel, and surprisingly, at the conclusion of the test batteries UAS had more energy than when you start flying. In fact, with this the drone flight time can be extended up to 2,400 percent.
Of course, this is the first step, but the people of LaserMotive and concluded that Lockheed Martin was completely successful. Now, the important thing is to keep working in the system so that these results are reflected in conditions not as favorable as those of the test-such as the open-and periods of time much more widespread. “A system recharging ground-air could give us virtually unlimited flight time, and thus expand the range of missions you can complete the Stalker,” says Tom Koonce of Lockheed Martin.
Of course, even more interesting would be to see LaserMotive technology operating in other more common applications.
Link: Laser Powers Lockheed Martin’s Stalker UAS For 48 Hours (Lockheed Martin via The Verge )Tags: electric current, laser beam, LaserMotive, Lockheed Martin, UAS Stalker