The patent, awarded to inventors James Childress and John Viniotis, describes the use of drones equipped with tethers that can connect with ground-based power supplies while they’re still airborne, to recharge their batteries on the go.
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This could make it easier for ecommerce and logistics companies to deliver goods using drones, without having to worry about their aircraft running out of power on a run.
Of course, that will require power supplies all over cities — but at least you won’t have to worry about your drone running late with your pizza delivery.