Hybrid Gasoline-Electric Drone

    Project Code: 272
    A hybrid gasoline-electric drone that allows for longer flying periods without compromising the payload.
    By Multimedia University
Project Overview

There are several ways drones can be powered. These include batteries (specifically lithium-polymer or LiPos) that do not last very long, solar power, hydrogen fuel cell, combustion engine, tethered cable that can last almost indefinitely as long as the power supply is available but has a limited distance range due to the cable, and potentially laser transmission most recently. The latter has yet to be seen commercially and requires larger energy capacity to be viable. 

With the aim to increase flight endurance without compromising the payload of the drone, this product is invented using a hybrid gasoline-electric powered drone. It is able to deliver consistent power using the gasoline engine through its high power density and at the same combining the benefits of electric motors, is quick and responsive. The target applications and industries for this drone include agriculture, surveillance, infrastructure inspection, search and rescue, mapping, national disaster monitoring, etc.

The product is expected to fly up to an hour using an 8-rotor platform with a payload that can go up to 8kg, for example a Nikon D5300 camera. It also has fail-safe mechanisms such as automated return flight in cases of low battery levels, disconnection from the control, and sudden failure of the flight systems.