Solar Powered Fully Autonomous Wireless Charging for Drones

We are using a Pixhawk as flight controller, IR precision lock for autonomous landing and raspberry pi for autonomous flight. We are using Qi wireless chargers for wireless charging.

If you like this video, you might find my senior thesis interesting. It is on my linkedin.

Check out our instagram fame: https://www.instagram.com/p/BX3bq8fFmNc/?hl=en&taken-by=princeton_university

“How to build a drone” reference we used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWoDdBTV67Q

wireless transmitter: https://www.amazon.com/Choetech-T511-Wireless-Anti-Slip-Qi-Enabled/dp/B00C40OG22/ref=sr_1_4?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1496771654&sr=1-4&keywords=wireless+charger

wireless receiver: https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Charging-Receiver-Universal-Narrow-interface/dp/B00YGV76LK/ref=sr_1_3?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1496770828&sr=1-3&keywords=wireless+charging+receiver

Pixhawk: https://www.amazon.com/Weyland-RadioLink-Pixhawk-Controller-Multirotor/dp/B01N4KJEV4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496774466&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=pixhawk&psc=1

IR Lock Sensor: https://irlock.com/collections/ir-lock-pixy/products/ir-lock-sensor-precision-landing-kit

Mark One Beacon: https://irlock.com/products/markone-v1-1

Dronekit: http://python.dronekit.io/guide/quick_start.html

Project Contributors:
Fida: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fida-newaj-6b1b10143/
Abdulghafar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abdulaltair/
Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexcju/

16 Comments

  1. sunny shrestha on January 22, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I want to do this in my dissertation, could you help me ? I have sent you a request on linkedin as well.

  2. Levi Stephen on January 22, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Hi guys, this is impressive. Nice idea, suits perfectly into a project in view (few modifications to be added though), are you open for a partnership?

  3. Diana Plante on January 22, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I had this idea pop up in my head and wondered if someome else had already done it. Now that I know someone has, I need to one-up this concept or expand on it!

  4. Jagdish Kumar on January 22, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Awesome.. Any training available.. I want to build for myself

  5. Lucas White on January 22, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Great job guys. There are no links in the description though :/

  6. glen stolting on January 22, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    I would like to buy one can you call me

  7. EDWIN QUINONES on January 22, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Good

  8. Danie M on January 22, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Doing something similar for a project; how long does it take for the drone to charge?

  9. Team Hatsu on January 22, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    please help me with this one, how can you cut the supply to the motors when it lands and put the supply again when the charging is complete? thank you

  10. Kumlachew Hirgeto on January 22, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    can you make a video showing how to build and program the whole thing am sure a lot of people would like to see that including me

  11. Gabriel Diaz on January 22, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    hello guys, excellent work they are doing, but my question is: how do you finish the charging cycle once the battery has been fully charged?

  12. F on January 22, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    5 stars I’ve been working on a vary similar for a year now only difference is I have 2 power sources as we dont have sun all day and I added lidar with camera to really lock in landing and help stability I was thinking of having an offline but yet autonomous drone to prevent hacking theres a way it’s a slow process and I’m alone keep up the good work you guys nailed it

  13. Eskaflon 1 on January 22, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Thats pretty cool, whats that circuit you have between the solar array and the charger? And for the DC converter how much energy did you lose? is that uno connected to the charger ? too many question I know haha but its just pretty interesting!

  14. Bhaskar Marvel on January 22, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    can please send me the details how wireless charging made by you like how you connected coils to battery and all those things because we are making a drone contains wireless charging . we failed nearly 22 times

  15. typebin on January 22, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    funnel idea is fantastic

  16. yogesh rajdeo on January 22, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Great concept. Futuristic technology for the aviation industry.

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