US military wants to create an autonomous drone charging system
The US military seeks to create an autonomous charging system capable of charging hundreds of drones. The military has funded a four-year research project, the ultimate goal of which is to place charging stations on land vehicles that will charge a huge number of drones.
The University of Illinois at Chicago has signed an $ 8 million contract with a U.S. Army research facility specializing in combat capability development. Researchers will work on a system that will allow small drones to determine the location of the nearest charging station, get there on their own, and charge before returning to their mission.
Without charging stations, soldiers would have to carry thousands of batteries. Researchers funded by the US Army will also develop miniature fuel level sensors for larger drones. According to DroneDJ, this will allow the drones of the future, which can run partially on gasoline, to determine when they run out of fuel, and before that happens, return to the base for refueling or recharging.