So, How Long Can Your Drone Remain In Flight?
The reason for asking is that on Christmas Eve, somewhere near Valencia in Spain a Drone was able to remain in flight for a period of 4 hours and 40 minutes, and just to prove it they recorded the whole thing on video. Its true and you can see the actual footage below.
A company by the name of Quaternium, of Spain, has recently declared a new World Record for the length of time, which a drone has remained in constant flight. The four-hour, & forty minute flight took place in Valencia, Spain, on Dec. 24. A video of the demonstration can be watched below.
Quaternium used one of its HYBRiX.20 fuel-electric quadcopters for the record flight. The HYBRiX.20 was designed by Quaternium in 2014, and its first production model was built in 2015.
The HYBRiX drone, designed by Quaternium, lasts for between two and four hours, even with a full payload, which is still significantly longer than the maximum of 25 minutes that most commercial drones currently fly for.
Quaternium have included a range extender that transforms fuel from a small combustion engine to power the propellers – giving the unmanned aerial vehicle the possibility of flying for over four hours without refueling.
Their drones will be able to undertake tasks that are currently out of reach of most other commercial drone operators, which have a mere 20-30 minute lifespan.
The Hybrix drone can be used in a variety of areas which need this extended time in the air, this could be any kind of surveillance for the Police, The Army, Game Keepers plus medical transport, even precision farming and search and rescue, the possibilities are endless.
A spokesman said “Our aim is to become a safer and more cost-effective alternative to helicopters or airplanes for commercial use,”
“Operating a helicopter is risky, with a slow reaction time, and very expensive by comparison of operating an unmanned aerial system.”
The Hybrix was released commercially in Spain in 2016. The next generation The Hybrix 2.0 Quadcopter Drone is a fuel-electric aircraft, meaning it is an “electric multi-rotor with a powerful genset based on a two-stroke engine that keeps the battery charged during flight,”.
Quaternium is now actively seeking partners to expand their sales operations especially with the HYBRIX 2.0 Drone on the back of their recent success.
“Aerial monitoring is one of the main applications of HYBRiX.20,” says Jose Luis Cortes, founder of the company. “Quaternium team has developed a system configuration with an advanced camera that enables HYBRiX.20 to perform long-range observation missions.”
Watch Quaterniums record-breaking video below;