Ion-Propelled Drones Gaining Momentum

Photo 1 of the Undefined Technologies prototype courtesy of UAS VisionMIT’s experimental ion-powered airplane is shown in a gym and in flight, followed by the "Self Contained Ion Powered Aircraft" Charlene Model, an untethered lab test, an IR shot of the power pod, and flight videos.  See the Undefined Technologies website for details. The next milestone beyond untethered flight will be payload capacity.

Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, for their assistance with this report, the background for which appeared in the 30 NOVEMBER 2020 edition of the UNMANNED SYSTEMS NEWS (USN).

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