The next challenge for UAVs is the coming adoption of BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) regulations. These aircraft will require sufficient power to enable long-distance flight. The most likely form of power that will make this possible is solar power.
The adoption of these rules liberates drones, but also places new demands on them; they need to be able to fly for extended periods and have the right instrumentation for many newly practical applications, such as precision agriculture, mapping, railroad inspection, and search and rescue. Therefore, these aircraft require sufficient power to enable long-distance flight. The most likely form of power that will make this possible is solar power. However, these solar cells must be able to generate significant power from direct or indirect light, be lightweight, and, be able to integrate directly into the aircraft. Alta Devices new Gen4 solar technology uniquely meets these requirements.
Alta Devices is exhibiting at InterDrone this week in Las Vegas, booth 423.