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Video: Are Drone-Powered Power Plants Coming to Your Airspace?

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far911
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far911   12/14/2013 1:58:30 AM
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I doubt it.

far911
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far911   12/14/2013 1:56:50 AM
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Same here.

jhankwitz
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jhankwitz   12/13/2013 2:27:30 PM
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I'd hate to be in an airplane that accidently flies through a multi-megawatt download laser or microwave beam.

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78RPM   12/13/2013 12:21:50 PM
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Good ideas, naperlou. I know we transmit communication signals via microwave, but wouldn't a useful power source involve intense microwave radiation or lasers? Would this pose a danger to living things and aircraft?

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naperlou   12/13/2013 12:05:52 PM
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jahnkwitz, you make a very good point.  Wouldn't it be better to have a platform such as a lighter than air craft, which can remain on station and has been proven?  The real technology that makes something like this viable is the transmission of power using microwaves or lasers.  The choice of a technology to keep the platofrm aloft should be the subject of an engineering trade study, not a business plan item. 

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jhankwitz   12/13/2013 9:10:52 AM
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This project will reflect a considerable advancement in technology.  Stories of airplanes even maintaining themselves at those altitudes for a day or more make international headlines.  To be able to maintain themselves as well as support the weight of transmission equipment and energy collectors will be a giant leap forward.

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