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increase the autonomy of drones using balloons || ActInSpace Challenges


Conduct a brief feasibility study for your solution
Design an inexpensive technological solution
Define the economic model
Autonomy takes off!
Think about the potential uses of a drone-balloon pair
Increase the autonomy of drones using balloons


Drones have limited autonomy and range. One way of extending their autonomy is to carry out an initial flight phase under a balloon (which may or may not be tethered) before releasing the drone (with a fixed or rotary wing) at altitude and leaving it to continue its flight. With a tethered balloon, a drone can even remain in position for as long as the balloon enables it to do so.
It must be possible to transport the system easily, so that it can be used in areas devoid of infrastructure.
It might also be interesting to have a “releasable” (or stratospheric) balloon and a drone carrying (or capable of returning) a payload.


Your challenge is to design an inexpensive balloon/drone pair which significantly increases the autonomy of the drone’s payload and to think about the services provided by such a system (observation of disaster zones, surveillance, etc.).

Identify use cases, customers and the associated economic models.
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