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Alta Devices Uses Flexible Light-Weight Solar Technology In Hybrid Tiger Drones

Author: Source: Datetime: 2019-01-23 12:43:37
Alta Devices announced that the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will use Alta Devices' flexible lightweight solar technology to help hybrid Tiger drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) generate electricity. Hybrid Tiger is a project aimed at manufacturing Group-2 drones that will stay at high altitude for at least 3.5 days. The technology developed for this project will be applicable to other unmanned vehicles.

Hybrid Tiger plans to integrate multiple technologies into a drone designed for long-range endurance. It will use efficient and flexible solar cells, hydrogen fuel cells and energy-aware guidance algorithms. The program is sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Energy Operations and the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office.
Alta Devices Uses Flexible Light-Weight Solar Technology In Hybrid Tiger Drones
Demonstrations of the Hybrid Tiger drone program include multi-day flights, winter solstice and 50 degrees north latitude to highlight the use of solar photovoltaic power generation, hydrogen fuel cells and self-sustaining algorithms for extreme endurance drone flight. Whether latitude or time of year. The aircraft will fly for many days without using traditional fuel. According to the fact sheet provided by NRL, multi-day endurance technology will enable applications such as low-altitude communications, atmospheric research and search and rescue missions.

“So far, the widespread use of small and medium-sized drones in the military and industry has been limited by endurance. According to Jian Ding, CEO of Alta Devices, the hybrid tiger will prove that long-term telemetry and functionality can be achieved by including solar power batteries solar arrays. Life flight. "This project will open the door for many new solar drone applications, and we look forward to this next effort to achieve the next generation breakthrough. ”
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