FlightWave Aerospace, Inc., Announces Hydrogen-Powered Jupiter-H2 UAS

‘We view the Jupiter-H2 as a game-changing vehicle,’ said FlightWave CMO Edmund Cronin. ‘It’s particularly well suited to use cases requiring both long flight time and stable maneuverability in narrow indoor or outdoor spaces.’

FlightWave Aerospace Systems, Inc. announces its second offering to the UAS community: the hydrogen-powered Jupiter-H2. The hydrogen fuel cell technology powering the aircraft, which comes through a partnership with UK-based Intelligent Energy, gives the Jupiter-H2 heavy-lifting capability plus greater endurance.

The Jupiter-H2 uses a narrow-profile 70 cm airframe, with a high-thrust power plant consisting of eight motors driving cross-flowing fan blades. The three-liter hydrogen tank fuels nearly two hours of continuous flight, lifting up to almost three pounds of payload.

“We view the Jupiter-H2 as a game-changing vehicle,” said FlightWave CMO Edmund Cronin. “It’s particularly well suited to use cases requiring both long flight time and stable maneuverability in narrow indoor or outdoor spaces — for example, in a very large but cramped warehouse.”

Intelligent Energy’s hydrogen fuel cell technology makes the Jupiter-H2 far more capable than battery-powered UASs:

-High-endurance: Most quadcopters have limited flight times of about half an hour. The Jupiter-H2 nearly quadruples the flight endurance of those typical aircraft, thanks to hydrogen’s high energy-to-weight ratio — packing a lot more energy into each flight.

-Heavy Lift: Extra energy and lighter energy means more power to lift & carry your sensors.

-Clean, Quiet, and Emission Free: Fuel cells have no moving parts, they are virtually silent and pollution-free, emitting only a tiny amount of water vapor.

“Our partnership with Intelligent Energy has been a key element of the Jupiter-H2’s development,” added Cronin. “They are pushing the limits of hydrogen fuel cell technology, making the fuel cell lighter yet more powerful.”

The two hours of flight time is approximate and varies with the payload, which can be a maximum of 1,250 g (2.75 lbs), enabling simultaneous use of multiple sensors and cameras. Subsystems can draw power directly from the fuel cell, thus avoiding the need for those systems to carry…

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