Chinese drone maker unveils a hydrogen-fueled drone with 60 mile range.
Chinese Micro Multi Copters Aero Technology Co., Inc., a hardware developer for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has launched the HyDrone 1800. The Hydrone is powered by hydrogen, which keeps the drone in the air for more than 4 hours, gives it a radius of up to (60miles) 100km with a live video stream, and works in temperatures below -20 Celsius.
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The Hydrone is not a toy drone. This is professional drone that is also huge as you can see in the photo above.
HyDrone's 4-hour flight time and one minute charging time stand as the best long endurance solution yet. Hydrogen fuel solves all the shortcomings of a traditional LiPo battery. It is long-lived, unnecessary to recycle, harmless to the environment, functions in low temperatures, and provides 8 times longer flight time than a regular battery.
The gas requires the constant presence of oxygen, but is not affected by low temperatures, thus expands the usage of drones into northern and southern latitudes.
Transported at 13MPa, hydrogen gas is being compressed into the drone's tank at 30MPa. The tank, designed with composite carbon fiber material, has been successfully tested from a 200m drop. The UAV's shell is made of water/dust/fireproof carbon fiber, specially designed in MMC's R&D center, expanding the UAV's usage into not only in very cold, but also very hot areas.
The company has not revealed pricing and availability of the Hydrogen drone. Battery life is a huge issue with drones. Hydrogen could be viable.
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