Words By: Drone Major
Longest ever multi rotor flight of over 12 hours
Loughborough, Tuesday 16 April 2019 – A flight time of 12 hours, 7 minutes and 22 seconds was officially recorded by South Korean company MetaVista as it successfully broke the multi rotor UAV Guinness World Record of flight time. The MetaVista team used a 6-litre liquid hydrogen cylinder and Intelligent Energy’s 800W Fuel Cell Power Module to power the UAV.
The previous record held stood at 2 hours, 6 minutes and 7 seconds. The substantial difference in flight time achieved demonstrates the impact fuel cells could have on the commercial UAV industry, breaking through the limited flight time constraints of traditional batteries.
Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelligent Energy, said: “We would like to congratulate our customer, MetaVista, on their achievement of becoming the new World Record holders for multi rotor UAV flight time. The use of liquid hydrogen in this flight showcases the significant flight times that can be achieved and we are sure MetaVista will continue to push the boundaries.”
Dr. Jong Baik, MetaVista Inc. CEO, added: “Our ultra-light weight liquid hydrogen storage tanks complement Intelligent Energy’s lightweight Fuel Cell Power Modules and the World Record attempt has demonstrated what we can achieve.”
Last month UK basedfuel cell engineering company Intelligent Energy and MetaVista signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to commit to a long-term partnership and collaboration after a previous test flight achievement of over 10 hours.
About Intelligent Energy
About Intelligent Energy: Intelligent Energy is a world-leading fuel cell engineering company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialisation of its Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products, for customers in the automotive, stationary power and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sectors. Fuel cells are used in multiple applications, where clean, lightweight, high efficiency and cost-effective power is required. The company is headquartered and manufactures in Loughborough in the UK, with additional offices and representation in the US, Japan, India and China.
MetaVista delivers the-state-of-the-art future energy and power systems by integrating cryogenic hydrogen associated technologies and software platform. Currently, MetaVista holds many international and US patents related to hydrogen liquefaction, refueling stations, hydrogen powered vehicles and marine vessels, next generation aviation and control systems. MetaVista is continuously broadening our technology base by working closely with US national R&D centers, international universities and laboratories, private IT and IoT sectors. Entire R&D activities have been implemented and executed by world-class engineers and scientists at our Hydrogen Energy X Advanced Research Laboratory, HEXAR Lab.
Fuel Cell Power for UAVs Intelligent Energy fuel cells extend flight times to UAVs presently constrained by the limitations of batteries. Flight durations of over three times that provided by batteries have been achieved. This product is currently available to UAV service providers, fleet operators and manufacturers.PRODUCT DETAIL