As unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and drone applications continue to grow, the need to better understand cable performance has emerged. Historically, high voltage cables have had no value in drone development. The onset of tethered drones has shifted the technology innovation from high energy density batteries with limited flight time, to high performing, light weight tether cables with unlimited flight time. This advancement requires a change in understanding of both power transmission and overall cable survivability. The end goal is to maximize power delivery and durability, while minimizing weight that the drone is required to lift.
- Overview of the applications where a high-power tether cable offers new opportunity
- Provide a system level overview for how a tether cables operates in application
- Payload increase and the effect of the environment on the tether cable’s performance
- Determining the right cable for an application based on the impact of material selection and current carrying capacity
Why Is It Important?
As defense systems are requiring higher performance, there is a need to better understand wire and cable. This presentation will cover material selection and electrical power of cables used in the manufacturing of UAV and drone applications.