Power Over Fiber Case Study | Aerial Applications

Aerial Applications

This technology uses high-intensity light in fiber optic cable to transfer up to kilowatts of power. PowerLight Power Over Fiber technology supports tethered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Continuous Key Benefits

Less Weight

The technology continuously powers tethered UAVs with less weight, through more distance than copper power lines. For example, at 500 watts and 300 meters, fiber optic cable is eight-times lighter than copper wire.

Higher Altitudes

Compared to platforms using copper wire, which must push large amounts of power up the cable to allow for electrical losses in the wire, Power Over Fiber technology increases feasibility at altitudes of more than 150 meters.

Safer Operation

Unlike battery-only designs, the technology recharges the tethered UAV while it is airborne, reducing takeoffs and landings, which are the highest-risk situations of UAV operation.

Decreased Detectability

The non-copper tether eliminates a detectable electrical signature, which is important for certain stealthy applications.

The Future Is Here

Power Over Fiber technology is here today, and it is safe. It powers the tethered UAV while it is in motion and at altitude. Also, its lighter weight compared to batteries allows more value-adding payload through equipment such as cameras and communications gear.

Industries Ready for Innovation

Industries that can greatly benefit from Power Over Fiber technology with tethered UAVs include telecommunications, disaster response, defense, law enforcement, border enforcement and entertainment events.