- The US Army's CERDEC are pursuing technologies for the wireless transmission of power over long distances
- Initial testing of power beaming to a quadcopter will take place later this year
The US Army is exploring the ability to wirelessly beam power from the ground up to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to enable the air vehicles to extend operations beyond current flight times. The objective is to enable persistent surveillance in tactical systems to provide situational awareness, mission command, and intelligence down to the small unit.
“If you want to enable these sensors and unmanned systems, you need to enable the power and energy,” Tony Thampan, a Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) research engineer, told Jane’s .
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