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The development of drone technology has enabled far-reaching applications from agricultural and environmental monitoring to goods delivery. However, drones have not yet reached their full potential due to time and distance limitations because of their current requirement to carry their operational energy needs with batteries and/or fuel. We propose a system to remove the reliance of drones on batteries and fuel by wirelessly powering drones with laser emitting ground stations aimed directly at photovoltaic cells on the drones. Our technology will enable drones to fly continuously, improving existing technology and enabling more ambitious applications such as an infrastructure-free wireless broadband internet.

Team Members

Yonatan Weintraub (PhD BioPhys), Kent Lee (PhD BioPhys), and PI: Prof. Adam de la Zerda, (Structural Biology)