Ascending Technologies and LaserMotive create a new record.

AscTec Pelican

Laser charged multicopter flies for 12 hours.

Not quite the longest ever electric flight as touted by some pundits, that honour belongs to QinetiQ and the Zephyr. Ascending Technologies Jan Stumpf and Michael Achtelik monitored a Pelican quadrocopter modified to receive power from several laser pointers focused on a photovoltaic cell mounted on the airframe. The internal battery was then charged using power generated by the photovoltaic cell.

The flight took place indoors at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, WA

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LaserMotive is a Seattle-based company developing laser power beaming systems to transmit electricity without wires, for applications where wires are either cost prohibitive or physically impractical. The company last year won $900,000 in the NASA Power Beaming Challenge,one of the levels of the “Space Elevator Games.”

Will this prove to be a practical game changing application of the laser technology? Only time will tell.

But hovering platforms that can stay in flight all day. Providing over the hill or around the corner intelligence, have to look attractive to the military. The Honeywell T-Hawk might have company on the battlefield soon. Just imagine an Ascending Technologies Falcon 8 with its proven flight performance in windy conditions equipped with LaserMotives power system.

4 comments for “Ascending Technologies and LaserMotive create a new record.

  1. Ikkonoishi
    30 October 2010 at 7:32 am

    It wouldn’t do very well if it comes pre-painted with a giant laser missle-me sign on its back.

  2. Jose
    30 October 2010 at 9:56 am

    Oh yeah!!

    Let the plastic bag fly and contaminate the environment with a stupid smile in your face. Hey, I’m stupid moron!! Look mama, I don’t care about what happens with my garbage once I don’t see it!

  3. Matt
    30 October 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Very nice and amazing product! As a helicopter pilot I see this thing as amazing… Nothing is harder than executing an approach to a hover in 30kt+ winds! lol Not impossible, just tough, but that’s with a 17,000 fully armed helicopter.

  4. Jeffrey A. williams
    31 October 2010 at 5:42 pm

    This is a wonderful advancement. However it can also bring some not so good uses. It might give a whole new meaning and reality to ‘Those black helecopters floating over your nieborhood’ Or Googles perhaps new service product called ‘Sky View’.

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