Imagine a time in the future when drones are commonplace. By that time, perhaps regulators would have defined a network of skyways’ which represented the permitted flying zones for a wide range of commercial drones that would be used for different purposes.
Maybe some of these skyways’ would be positioned above roads, which by this time would be mainly occupied with driverless cars. But drones would also be allowed to fly off net’ in order to accomplish permitted tasks.
Some drones would be delivering packages, while others would be travelling to complete assigned tasks, for instance collecting data for a 3D map, locating a missing person or taking climate measurements. Some drones might even have been rented by business or consumers to shoot video at an event or survey a structure in a remote location. Other drones might be working as part of the emergency services – perhaps a fire alert’ drone might whizz past on its way to investigate a report of smoke coming from a forest.
This vision will never be realized without a recharging infrastructure that can serve thousands, or millions of drones – automatically, and on a national or even global basis. This report describes one way this could be accomplished.
1. The Opportunity
2. The Problem
3. A Possible Solution
4. About the Author