Feasibility of Laser Power Transmission to a High-Altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Feasibility of Laser Power Transmission to a High-Altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

by Richard Mason
     
 

This report examines whether a laser-beam-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) could have practical merit, focusing on the altitude, range, persistence, and power possible for a laser-photovoltaic aircraft that uses current technology. Commercially available lasers and photovoltaic cells could provide a UAV with sustained extremely high altitude and moderate

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Overview

This report examines whether a laser-beam-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) could have practical merit, focusing on the altitude, range, persistence, and power possible for a laser-photovoltaic aircraft that uses current technology. Commercially available lasers and photovoltaic cells could provide a UAV with sustained extremely high altitude and moderate persistence and payload.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833051356
Publisher:
Rand Corporation
Publication date:
07/16/2011
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)

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