Agreement to research liquid hydrogen fuel

GKN Aerospace, military aircraft company Marshall, and Parker Aerospace have formed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to research liquid hydrogen fuel systems for zero emission aircraft.

The companies reportedly plan to design, test, certify and manufacture the new system which could be flight tested before the end of the decade. Initial studies suggest that such a system could support a wide range of aircraft, from commuter planes under 19 passengers, business jets and regional aircraft up to 100 passengers.

"With this agreement, we have now set out a complete path to achieving zero-emissions flight at a game-changing scale,” said Russ Dunn, CTO of GKN Aerospace said. By working alongside Marshall and Parker, who have deep expertise in fuel systems, we can accelerate the development of the technology building blocks required for a complete hydrogen propulsion system for mid-range aircraft.”