For a lot of drones, flight time holds a lot of weight. The longer a drone can fly, the more its operator can do. Longer flight times mean more time in the air, and less time spent on the charging station. Today’s drones have, on average, 20-30 minutes of flight time at their disposal. Several drone companies have tried increasing this very small number by editing the drone’s design. Meet the Flybotix.
A Look at the Quadcopter
The popular quadcopter design is not a very efficient model. Other drone designs try to squeeze as much space inside a drone’s body to accommodate for larger batteries. Other companies try and use recharging methods that do not require a drone to land. These include solar panels, as well as targeted laser beam charging.
Another popular way to increase flight time is to change the drone structure entirely. Using wings instead of rotors, a drone can simply glide for a majority of the time while in the air. This saves a ton of power, as well as increase the flight time considerably.
Flybotix Flying High
The Flybotix drone completely steers away from the popular quadcopter design in pursuit of better flight time. Using a ‘flying saucer’ design, the Flybotix can fly for a considerably longer amount of time. The Flybotix is a small cylindrical drone, and uses two rotors perched on top of each other for propulsion.
Design and Results
The two-rotor design (while taking the space of one) saves a ton of space. This gives the Flybotix a small and compact structure. It is incredibly lightweight, giving it more flight time by consuming less energy during its trip. In total, it can reach twice the average flight time of popular drones.
This makes the Flybotix a great drone to use in maintenance checks or building inspections, as these take long periods of time. The idea is that with a smaller, quieter design, it can do double the job with less micromanagement.