New ground-based laser can extend drone flight time indefinitely

via: ActivistPost
by: Madison Ruppert
Friday, July 13, 2012

Lockheed Martin, one of America’s largest war profiteers, has demonstrated technology in partnership with LaserMotive which can extend the flight time of their “Stalker” drone by 2,400 percent using a ground-based laser and potentially allow the drone to stay in the air indefinitely.

With drones being used by the military in league with law enforcement and with the practice set to expand across United States, this could be a great way to keep surveillance on potential criminals around the clock, or just monitor traffic.

This technology, which admittedly sounds like pure science fiction, uses a proprietary method to wirelessly transfer energy via laser light over long distances, in this case from the ground to the Stalker as it flies.

The Stalker is a relatively small electrically-powered unmanned aerial system  (UAS) which runs on batteries now extended by over 48 hours.

It is launched by hand, powered by a propeller and maneuvered in flight via Xbox 360 controller and a camera which relays live video to the soldier’s computer.

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