Posted By Simon Montford on May 26, 2015
One of the most frustrating things about operating a drone is flight time. This is because the limitations of battery technology prevents most drones from flying for more than 25 minutes. This is why Holger Willeke decided to build a hybrid powered drone called the Yeair, that can fly for 60 min at speeds of upto 60mph.
One of the greatest advantages of using a combustion engine is that you don't have to wait for the battery to charge, however the Yeair's twin-stroke combustion engine is very loud. Another disadvantage is that the drone's on-board fuel tank technically makes it a flying Molotov cocktail.
The Yeair is available to pre-order on Kickstarter from $1,520 (£988) and the estimated shipping date is May 2016.
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