Most multicopter drones you can buy off the shelf boast flight times of 25 to 30 minutes, though we have seen custom-built multicopters fly for far longer.
For what it’s worth, Guinness World Records lists the longest drone flight as two hours, six minutes and seven seconds, so while drones may have flown for longer, no Guinness officials were on hand to document the event. As a way of proving the legitimacy of its achievement, Skyfront produced a time-lapse video to show its drone in action and that is the same approach Quaternium has taken with its latest record-setting attempt.
The video shows the company’smulticopter hovering in the air with a clock in the foreground for a period of four hours and forty minutes. Also like the drone used in Skyfront’s video, and as the name maybe suggests, the multicopter is a hybrid gasoline-electric drone, using the considerable range and endurance this configuration offers for applications like surveillance, mapping, crop-monitoring and inspections.