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Boeing is working on a drone that can be recharged without ever touching the ground

This week, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Boeing for an autonomous drone that can be recharged without landing.

Drone that doesn't need to be recharged

Boeing has been working on an autonomous drone that is able to recharge without ever landing. Earlier this week, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application for the patent.

As you may know, drones are only able to fly in the sky for a limited amount of time, depending how much fuel or electricity the device has stored on board. However, that’s all going to change with the patent Boeing was just granted.

Here’s quick glimpse of what Boeing has up their sleeves: 

It essentially works exactly how a fighter jet refuels its aircraft in mid-air. The drone position itself over the power source and deploys a retractable tether that connects to the power source while hovering. Once the aircraft is fully charged, the drone carries its intended mission until it needs another recharge.

At this point, it’ still unclear if Boeing will ever get these drones to the production line. Who knows, it could be another idea that continues to live on drawing board. For more information, check out the video above.

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