Hybrid Power Plant System Lets UAVs Recharge While in Flight

In order to allow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators to charge their vehicles during flight, a team has created a hybrid power plant that mounts to a UAV's frame and plugs into the battery.

The equipment, called MotoGen, lets users add a small amount of fuel to the tank in order for the UAV's battery to recharge while the aircraft is in flight, creator Mark Lelong and his team explain in a release.

The UAVs operate the same way they would without the system in place, but when the battery's output starts to drop to a low level, MotoGen will kick in.

The team says it has completed the research and development portion of the product and is looking for funding to produce it on a large scale.

More information can be found on its Indiegogo campaign page.


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