CyPhy Works Creates Drone That Stays Airborne Indefinitely
Drones have accomplished a lot of things in recent years. They aren’t just flying machines anymore, but instead have a plethora of features that make them extremely useful.
But just like most technology, drones too suffer from the problem of a finite power source, which definitely hamper the amazing experience of flying a drone. While many leading drone and quadcopter manufacturers are trying to overcome this problem, a Boston-based company called CyPhy Works has announced a new drone that has the ability to stay airborne for as long as you want.
This drone is the commercial version of their Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) that can fly indefinitely – but there is a catch.
This quadcopter actually makes use of a thin cable that CyPhy calls a ‘microfilament’ and it is used to send power to the quadcopter as well as data to the ground. The ‘microfilament’ is thinner than a headphone wire, and even though the drone it tethered to the ground it can fly up to 500 feet in the air.
The fact that it can stay airborne for as long as you want is very attractive for some people, and can come in use for a number of different applications such as surveillance. In fact, it has already been used by the military to monitor compounds in the past and CyPhy Works has now been allowed to sell it commercially as well.
The 6-rotor drone uses high-res camera that gives amazing quality and infrared images. It can also be set to fly at a certain altitude for the purpose of surveillance if needed. The pricing and availability of this drone has not been announced as yet.