What Is an Ion Propulsion Drone and How Could it Disrupt the Delivery Market?
In our never-ending quest for technologies that offer longer flying times for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), we have covered almost every idea out there trying to increment TITA (time in the air). Still, now we must admit that we missed one: Ion Thrust.
Ion Thrust is a propulsion system that accelerates ions using electricity and, so far, has been out of reach for drone manufacturers for a variety of reasons.
Now, Undefined Technologies Corp., a South Florida-based tech startup, is determined to focus entirely on designing and manufacturing a commercial UAV that would use Ion propulsion as the primary source of lift.
We reached out to Tomas Pribanic, Founder and CEO of Undefined Technologies (UT), for an exclusive interview about his company, the technology behind the idea and the drivers that moved him and his team to go in this unorthodox direction.
“The issue that most people had mentioned as a deterrent to massive acceptance of drones is the associated noise from fast rotating propellers,” Tomas explained. “Ion thrust is fully electric and near silent. Still, it also requires high amounts of energy.”