Endurance, endurance. As the drone market potential faces a hurdle in how it can respond to expectations of getting tasks done versus time in the air before needing to recharge, a newbie drone solution appears in the name of US-1 from California-based Impossible Aerospace, capable of flying 90 minutes to two hours on a single charge
An Impossible Aerospace video posted last month was light on content but, helped by uplifting violins, told viewers that the US-1 was on its way.
Impossible Aerospace claims flying time can last to two hours. The company said to expect a double treat, which would be (1) longer time in the air plus (2) shorter time in recharging mode.
The longer flight time on a single charge amounts to an estimated flight time of 90 minutes to 2 hours.
What is the feature that enables the US-1 to stay in the air for that long? Speaking to Forbes, CEO Spencer Gore revealed that basically the body of the drone itself was packed with batteries. Gore was further quoted in Ubergizmo. "Our vehicle will be made with lots of really small cells." He said they use those as structural building blocks for their aircraft.
Actually, Spencer Gore, CEO, did not envision it as a "drone" but something else. Something more than a drone. The US-1, he asserted, is the first aircraft "designed properly from the ground up to be electric, using existing battery cells without compromise."
If you want to get closer to what Gore had in mind it is this: The US-1, he said, is "a flying battery, leveraging an energy source that doubles as its primary structure. This is how electric aircraft must be built if they are to compete with conventional designs and displace petroleum fuels in aviation."
The target audience for the drones? Impossible Aerospace said it has started selling units equipped with optical and thermal sensors to firefighters, police departments and search and rescue teams.