Created drone on gasoline, capable of flying for five days
The main problem with most of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is that the time of their battery life is relatively small. Many engineers and scientists are trying to solve this problem in its own. For example, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented its own drone that runs on gasoline. Surprising in this story is that the UAV can fly without refueling for five days.
If we talk about drones-record holder, the date palm holding child Qinetiq company called the Zephyr, capable of autonomously flying for 336 hours (exactly two weeks). But the problem lies in the fact that the drone is directly dependent on solar energy, and it was designed to float only at a great height. This imposes on its scope certain limitations. UAV is created MIT engineers can fly at low altitudes, using ordinary gasoline as fuel.
The engine, mounted on a drone, has a capacity of 5 horsepower, and weight of the entire aircraft is 68 kg. Wingspan is 7, 3 meters. Due to the size and weight of the device is necessary to start to take off from the roof to disperse the car. UAV is able to levitate additional loads of up to 9 kilograms, which would allow its use in various fields. But the creators of the UAV sees the future of his invention in the monitoring of the environment.
It was originally planned to supply drone solar photovoltaic cells, but the idea was soon abandoned and decided to resort to the good old internal combustion engine. Drones on solar energy effective in the summer, but at night and in cloudy weather they are useless bit. In the winter time, and at a great distance from the equator to such elementary drone will not have enough sunlight for normal functioning. The first prototype of the drone on gasoline was assembled back in May. The first tests were successful, and now a team of researchers will launch its drone over long distances and also reduce its weight from 68 to 25 kilograms.