Gallery: Laser-Powered Helicopter Breaks World Record

 

A remote-controlled quadrocopter recently set a new world record by staying aloft for 12 hours using energy beamed up to it by lasers. Developed by LaserMotive, the quadrocopter has photovoltaic panels installed all along its belly, which absorb laser light to power the vehicle. The quadrocopter hovered at 30 feet for 12 hours, breaking LaserMotive’s previous record.

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  1. jordin November 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    A small correction: the quadricopter itself was built and operated by Ascending Technologies GmbH (www.asctec.de), in cooperation with LaserMotive — Jordin Kare, Chief Scientist, LaserMotive LLC.

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