Low-Cost Auto-Aligning Charging Station for Autonomous Drones

Description:

Background

Drone charging systems contend with such drawbacks as high cost, tight required landing area, and mechanical complexity. Many involve advanced drone alignment mechanisms or charging pads. Therefore, a charging system that addresses these issues can advance the use of drones in new, autonomous applications.   

 

Invention Description

Researchers at Arizona State University have developed a new charging system for autonomous drones. The design features dual V-channels that allow a drone’s weight to guide skid-based landing gears toward charging electrodes. This affords a wide margin of error in landing position with minimal mechanical complexity. Additionally, battery charging accommodates both landing orientations. With emphasis on robust, intervention-free applications, this design allows water drainage while protecting the internal electronics that support battery monitoring and wireless connectivity to the drone.

 

 

 

Potential Applications

• Drone charging stations

 

Benefits and Advantages

• Dual V-channel design permits wide error margin during drone landing

• Constructed with low-cost, commercial off-the-shelf components

• Robust, weather-proof design allows water drainage   

• Charging process does not require human intervention

• Highly adaptable to existing designs with skid-based landing gears

 

Case ID:
M19-128P
Published:
01-08-2020
Last Updated:
09-08-2021

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  • Physical Sciences Team