World's First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered UAV
Long Endurance ISR Mission Ready
Ultra-light Fuel Cell Frame Work
Hydrogen fuel cell electric multi-rotor UAV. Enabling long endurance ISR missions in the field. 1.5 to 4 hours flight with 1kg payload, POWERED BY HES lightweight fuel cell
HYCOPTER is the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered multi-rotor UAV. It is currently being readied for a record flight endurance of over 4 hours, or 8 to 10 times the average flight duration of equivalent systems today. Unlike any other rotorcraft, HYCOPTER makes use of its frame structure to store energy in the form of hydrogen instead of air, eliminating energy storage weight.
With HUS’ breakthrough technology, today’s 20-30 minute multi-rotor missions shift to a new paradigm with flights lasting several hours at a time. Aerial survey jobs will become materially cheaper/faster and drone delivery over longer distances, more feasible. HYCOPTER’s ultra-light fuel cell turns the hydrogen in its frame into electricity to power its rotors. A first version of this system, HYCOPTER-1, will begin shipment in Q1 2016