Electric Power Promises New UAV Designs and Missions

PHOTO CAPTION: Swiss-developed helicopter UAV based on shape of a dolphin.
IDTechEx report focuses on evolving designs and roles for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that will be deployed in the ‘thousands’ for both civil and military missions.

Published: 15-Nov-2014

NEW YORK — Thousands of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be deployed in the next few years for both civil and military missions. Early adoption of new technologies will be employed: from smart skin to structural components and intelligent motors with integral gearing.

Electric power makes the use of wheel power for take-off possible because electric motors can give maximum torque from stationary. It gives us near silent operation, in the air and on the ground, with virtually no noise or gaseous emissions, something valued in both military and civil applications. For long range UAVs where batteries are inadequate and hybrid powertrains are necessary, there can still be silent take-off and landing.

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