SilentFalcon in the news: Powering drones in flight with laser light

Wildflower's UAS partner, Silent Falcon UAS, is in the news with exciting developments in New Mexico.  Their solar electric, fixed wing, long endurance, long range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has been selected by DARPA as the unmanned aircraft system for its Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment - Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD). SUPER PBD is an innovative project designed to prove the feasibility of recharging an electric powered UAS while in flight using a laser light source, allowing for indefinitely long flight times by using concatenated “Fly” and “Fly & Charge” cycles removing the need to land to refuel.

The Albuquerque Journal reports:

Albuquerque-based Silent Falcon UAS Technologies and SolAero Technologies Corp. are two of four companies working to develop a laser-light-based electric recharging system under a two-year, $2.2 million contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
— https://www.abqjournal.com/1200513/powering-drones-in-flight-with-laser-light-2.html

Industry has worked with DARPA for 60 years to develop breakthrough, game-changing technologies, many times in the American southwest. Kimberly deCastro, Wildflower's CEO and member of the Silent Falcon board, shared that, "it's partnerships like this, between small, agile New Mexico businesses, that historically create both scientific advancement and elevate our community here at home." To learn more about how Wildflower and Silent Falcon can apply their solution to your industry or program, contact us.

 

 

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