We all know that jet engine-powered UAVs, such as the Predator Drone, are more than capable of making in excess of a thousand kilometers (over 750 miles) range, but it is never the same for “clean energy powered” drones. Well, that’s until recently.
The hydrogen-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone features a MMC-developed hydrogen fuel battery with 27L (about 7 gallons) that afford it up to 15 hours of flight without payload or up to 10 hours with a 3 kilograms (6.6 lbs) payload.
That is a significant bump in a market where drones of such nature typically see a maximum 2-hour flight time.
Armed with 10-15 flight time, it means less interruption from multiple takeoffs and landings and therefore, a boost in efficiency in say, during a mapping or aerial land surveys.
So will we see more hydrogen-powered drone for commercial and industrial applications? I don’t know. I guess only time will tell.
Images: MMC UAV.