It’s clear that Qualcomm believes drone technology will be account for a large portion of business in the very near future. That’s why they are investing in startups, and along with Techstars inviting 10 start-ups into the first-ever Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.
One of the companies, Skysense, has a unique solution to an industry wide problem – limited flight time. Battery technology is a limiting factor here, but what if your drone could return to a “droneport” and automatically recharge itself? (While named the same, the Qualcomm/Skysense droneport shouldn’t be confused with the Lord Norman Foster’s droneport project in Africa.)
Most drones have a flight time of about 15-25 minutes, which means typical enterprise usage like mapping a large field or inspecting a spread-out area — think a pipeline or oil rig — is impractical.
To combat that, Skysense created a “Droneport,” a hangar that allows drones to charge and wirelessly transfer data back to the operator. The Droneport is solar-powered and can be placed anywhere, such as in various locations around a field, to recharge any equipped drone through wires that make direct contact with the hangar.
With that technology, an operator could deploy a drone on a regular pre-programmed flight, and never touch it again. The drone would be programmed to land at the charging station and send back the data before its next flight.
Skysense has developed the charging and data management infrastructure for the drone economy. We are part of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator powered by Techstars.
The German company has developed SkySense Charging Pads—scalable, gold-plated landing areas that support nearly all existing multicopters and VTOL aircrafts. Droneports are protective structures that can hold drones while they charge and can sync sensor data to the cloud.