This is a drone project I'm working on with a friend. The goal is to develop a drone that can achieve extended flight times with applications in animal observation in nature reserves and private security. These applications necessitate flight times upwards of 6 hours and the ability to haul a nontrivial camera load. In addition, the drone needs to stay centered over the landing pad and possibly follow (for example, if the landing pad is in the bed of a truck).

Before starting design, I did some back of the envelope calculations to get a rough estimate for the power levels and payloads I could work with. Here are some initial estimates assuming a cable voltage of ~120VAC.

## Estimates

• quad dji inspire 1 + tb47 battery (6S, 25C, 22.2V, 4.5Ah)
• quad + battery = 2935g
• battery = 570g
• max takeoff weight = 3400g
• maximum takeoff payload = 3400 - (2935 - 570) = 1035g

assumption: battery is 25C

• 25C battery -> (25C)(4.5Ah) = 112.5A continuous supply

• 22 AWG wire, 2 conductor, rated for -20 to 80 degrees C - http://products.conwire.com/item/onductor-cable-ul-cm-cmg-ul-style-2464-csa-ft4-c-3/onductor-cable-ul-cm-cmg-ul-style-2464-csa-ft4-cmg/5400-cl#Specifications
• 14.935 g/ft - http://www.taiyocable.com/pdf/catalog/2014/CM-2464-1007-IIA-SB-20141219.pdf
• (2kg)/(14.935 g/ft) = 133ft
• 22 AWG -> .016 ohm/ft resistivity

assumption: we want to drop no more than 10V over 200ft at continuous current (continuous tether current and cont. quad current are not the same)

• Vdrop = (cable resistance)(cable length)(cable current)
• Vdrop = (.016 ohm/ft)(200ft)(cont. tether current) -> tether current = 3.125A max