Project META (Microwave Energy Transmission for Aircraft)
Final rept. 6 May 2008-15 May 2009
SIBLEY SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING ITHACA NY
Pagination or Media Count:
The viability of using microwave energy transmission technology to power air vehicles remotely was investigated. On-board antennas rectennas harvest the remotely beamed energy and transform it to a useful form of mechanical energy in order to keep the vehicle aloft for extended periods of time. While the idea of remote power transmission has been studied over the past few decades, the challenge with powering air vehicles lies in their unique geometry and dynamic flight patterns, which do not necessarily lend themselves well to power transmission. This research effort designed and built a rectenna to receive microwave energy and convert it to usable DC power. A prototype was designed and experimentally tested under controlled conditions. The efficiency of conversion and storage was also examined.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation