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UAV 101

New entrants to the commercial UAV or drone industry are often confused by the vast number of acronyms they encounter. To assist we have developed this helpful glossary of some of the most important terms: We’ve separated it into a few sections for readability; Types of UAVs, Components/Systems, Operating Modes and Regulations/Regulatory Bodies.   Types [...]

2017-12-21T13:16:05+00:00 December 18, 2017|

Alta Devices Excels in Naval Research Lab Solar UAV Shootout

The main limitation currently facing the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market is the short flight time of these aircraft- that’s where Alta Devices comes in. Alta solar cells offer a way to capture energy while flying without compromising the weight, size, or maneuverability of an aircraft. Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) chose our [...]

2017-12-04T19:23:31+00:00 November 22, 2017|

Why Use Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells?

Alta Devices uses Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) as the basis for our solar technology. It’s a lesser known material so we wanted to share some key information here: What is Gallium Arsenide? Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) is a semiconductor material and a compound of Gallium and Arsenic (interconnected cubic lattices). Traditionally it’s an expensive material mostly [...]

2017-12-04T19:22:29+00:00 October 31, 2017|

Alta Devices: The Right Solar Technology is a Strategic Asset for Drones, Satellites, Cars, and the Internet of Things

What: Imagine a technology that enables drones and UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) to fly for days or months at a time, small satellites to have new designs and improved capabilities, electric cars to run more efficiently, and makes it possible to power sensors for the most important IoT (internet of things) applications without replacing batteries. [...]

2017-11-26T21:01:22+00:00 September 6, 2017|

Audi Cooperates with Alta Devices on Automobiles with Solar Roofs

Audi and Alta Devices sign MOU to develop automobiles with integrated high-efficiency solar cells with first joint prototype to be completed by the end of 2017 Sunnyvale CA - August 23, 2017 –- Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of solar-cell specialist, Hanergy Thin Film Power, plan to work together to integrate solar cells into [...]

2017-08-22T21:23:45+00:00 August 23, 2017|

Alta Devices hosts Bob Parks (Aurora Flight Sciences)

Last night Alta Devices hosted the February meeting of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI. AUVSI is the Association of Unmanned Vehicles and the largest body representing the UAS industry. Bob Parks, Sr. Technical Fellow at Aurora Flight Sciences, gave a fascinating talk as the night’s guest presenter. Beginning as a graduate of both MIT and [...]

2017-04-23T18:17:20+00:00 March 2, 2017|