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Hydrogen powered drone

Discussion in 'News' started by SilverStone641, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. SilverStone641

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    Most drones, or at least those designed for commercial use, need to be recharged after a 20-minute flight. This new hydrogen-powered drone, could spend up to 2-hours in the sky, and be refueled near instantly upon landing. This particular model was created by the research team at Intelligent Energy, who installed a hydrogen fuel cell, weight just 3.5-pounds (fuel included) onto a DJI Matrice 100 quadcopter.
     
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    Flying flammable fuel tank? The FAA would would restrict the heck outta that in the USA.
     
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    As long as its not made like the Hindenburg, I'm cool with it.
     
  4. BigAl07

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    Not really. There have been Gasoline powered R/C aircraft flying for years now.

    This could be a game changer if the cost, weight, and safety were to be optimized.
     
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    I could see this for commercial application (surveying, mapping, extended video/photo shoots) - this is expensive technology right now... Most flyers have more than one battery. If you have 5 batteries and one on the charger at all times you can fly indefinitely... of course you need to stop and change batteries.
     
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    I would think a hydrogen fuel cell safe enough to install in a quadcopter would be pretty heave, wouldn't it?
     
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    why? lots of flammable fuel tanks in RC.
     
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    3.5 lb fuel cell including fuel in this case