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OSU and KDE Direct Discover a New Way to Power Drones

Battery powered drones can fly for up to 60 minutes with specialized endurance systems, but most drones average around 20. Adding bigger batteries has traditionally been the method to try and increase flight-time, but the increased weight requires bigger motors, larger diameter propellers, and higher-power ESCs to lift them. This puts engineers and hobbyists alike wind up back where they started—without sufficient power to lift the drone. LiPo batteries, the highest-energy density power option readily available, create a similar challenge—it’s impossible to pack in more juice without increasing fire risks (volatility) or adding more weight. But what other options are there?

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