Hydrogen-fuelled composite drone

Hydrogen fuel specialist H3 Dynamics and Australian composite drone manufacturer Carbonix have joined forces to develop a hydrogen-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

The companies plan to supply Carbonix’s H2-VTOL drone with H3 Dynamics’ hydrogen-electric nacelle technology. H3 Dynamics says that its distributed hydrogen-electric propulsion technology liberates the main fuselage, making room for bigger sensors or more cargo for autonomous delivery covering longer distances.

“Australia will most likely be the first to use commercial electric-powered drones that use hydrogen instead of batteries, in order to fly for many hours at a time and reach those remote locations, or survey much larger areas of land,” said Taras Wankewycz, CEO of H3 Dynamics. “We are convinced unmanned systems are the evolutionary starting point to increasingly large hydrogen powered flight platforms, where testing, certification and regulatory approval challenges vary based on aircraft weight. H3 Dynamics’ plan is to increase the size of hydrogen air frames every year until we are able to fly passenger-scale aircraft.”