Xponential 2019: Silent Falcon Solar-Powered UAV Targets Further Pentagon Work

Silent Falcon is targeting further Pentagon work for its namesake solar electric Group 2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having already secured a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract. John Brown, company chairman, told Jane’s on 1 May that DARPA’s Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment-Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD)...

Silent Falcon is targeting further Pentagon work for its namesake solar electric Group 2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having already secured a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract.

John Brown, company chairman, told Jane’s on 1 May that DARPA’s Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment-Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD) programme will put specialised photo voltaic material on the tail of the Super Falcon and shoot the material with a laser. This photo voltaic material, he said, will convert the laser to electrical energy and will recharge the batteries during flight.

Silent Falcon has been awarded a DARPA contract for its namesake solar electric Group 2 UAV, here pictured on 1 May at the 2019 AUVSI Xponential conference in Chicago. (IHS Markit/Pat Host)
Silent Falcon has been awarded a DARPA contract for its namesake solar electric Group 2 UAV, here pictured on 1 May at the 2019 AUVSI Xponential conference in Chicago. (IHS Markit/Pat Host)

Brown said at the 2019 AUVSI Xponential conference that photo voltaic material, while commonly referred to as solar panels, is different as it is tuned to a specific frequency –laser.

Source: www.janes.com