Singaporean company Horizon Unmanned Systems (HUS) unveils HYCOPTER, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered multi-rotor UAV. HYCOPTER is being readied for a record flight endurance of 4 hours, or around 8 to 10 times the average flight duration of equivalent systems today ...

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Even  if it doesn't quite make 4 hours, this is very impressive.

Two hours and 20 minutes with 1kg payload ...

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Comment by John Dennings on May 7, 2015 at 8:59pm

Oops ... That's 2 hours 30 minutes claimed.

Comment by Gary McCray on May 7, 2015 at 9:00pm

Hmm, lets see, new Corvette or a hydrogen fuel cell?

Comment by John Dennings on May 7, 2015 at 9:23pm

:)

Yet  according to maker: "Low operational costs: at just $5/kWh for industrial hydrogen, one flight will only cost $7.50"

Comment by Joshua on May 7, 2015 at 10:40pm

You can actually get hydrogen fuel cell phone chargers (like those phone battery packs) at mainstream electronics stores in Australia. They're unpopular because getting more fuel cells isn't so easy though.


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Comment by Hugues on May 7, 2015 at 11:23pm

This is remarkable, more for their ultra light and compact hydrogen fuel cells than for their UAV (the company'core seems to develop and sell fuel cells). A couple of years ago the main issue with fuel cells was the very short time it takes to "dirty" the membrane between anode and cathode, limiting very much their operational capacity and increasing their cost. I wonder if they solved this issue but no maintenance info on their site.

Comment by naish on May 8, 2015 at 4:18am

One thing I learned dealing with Chinese manufacturers, is that the time they claim is in " Chinese seconds" that are quite different that "International standard seconds".  So If you buy an inflatable tent that will take 6 minutes to inflate, expect to be there for 2 1/2 Hours. 

Comment by Greg Nuspel on May 8, 2015 at 6:40am

It must be the cold fusion system in action.

Comment by Acorn on May 8, 2015 at 11:39am

Just don't let any sparks near those fuel storage canisters. . .

Comment by Austin Laws on May 8, 2015 at 12:58pm

To GaryMcCray what your basically saying its corvette ie old tech or hydrogen fuel cell ie new tech. hummm ill take the new tech thanks. I don't live in the states where everything is stupid in size such as food and cars. About time your country got into the 21st Century!

Comment by John Dennings on May 8, 2015 at 12:59pm

Naish 88: Company is from Singapore ...

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