Regardless off the drone application, a major limiting factor is battery life. Limited battery life translates into limited flight time, and limited payload carrying capacity.
One of the most common solutions to this problem is the “tether.” Tethered drones use a cable linked to a power source which keeps potentially an unlimited amount of available energy. However, that very same tether limits the drones dramatically.
Now, a firm in Singapore, may have a solution.
A Singapore firm may have unpacked a fresh solution to this not-quite-age-old problem with Dronebox. Developed by H3 Dynamics, the system is described as “a grid independent battery charging and data communication shelter for on-demand sensing drones routine inspections in the field,[that provides] a highly reactive 24/7 perimeter and border security solution.”
In short, Dronebox is a solar-powered landing station for UAVs that combines the power of the sun with fuel cells the company says can last months or years, providing “UAV battery charging capacity for a lifetime.”
Obviously this is not a “magic bullet,” that solves the power problem for every use-case, but it is a very flexible solution.
Dronebox-connected UAVs can operate in tethered mode — providing longer operation — or untethered with wireless charging.
Increased operation time directly translates into increased functionality. Dronebox powered drones could “could offer first responder support in crisis events before sending humans into dangerous environments, such as nuclear power plant meltdowns, chemical spills, or natural disasters,” according to an H3 spokesperson.
About HUS Unmanned Systems
HUS are proud members of the H3 Dynamics eco-system. HUS embeds specialist hardware and software capabilities developed by sister companies HES (energy storage systems) and HAS (awareness systems) so that challenging topics such as GPS-denied navigation (indoor flight, or operations in areas with weak GPS signals), area communications, real-time analytics and more.
About H3 Dynamics
H3 Dynamics consists of a group of 3 Singaporean tech companies involved in both robotics systems and sub-systems hardware, as well as field communications and real-time analytics. The three companies, HES Energy Systems, HUS Unmanned Systems, and HAS Awareness Systems have been working separately in their own fields but present highly synergistic opportunities, namely to converge robotics with the internet of things, and the complete automation of drone services.