A team of researchers and engineers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany has developed a prototype of a hydrogen-powered aircraft that they say could be the key to sustainable air travel in the future.
The aircraft, called HY4, is a four-seater airplane powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that produces electricity to power the electric motors that drive the propellers. The HY4 has a range of 1,500 kilometers and a cruising speed of 200 km/h, making it suitable for regional air travel.
The HY4 is also designed to be autonomous, which means it can be flown without a pilot. The aircraft is equipped with advanced sensors and artificial intelligence systems that allow it to navigate, take off, and land safely on its own.
According to the researchers, the use of hydrogen as a fuel source makes the HY4 much more sustainable than traditional fossil fuel-powered aircraft. Hydrogen fuel cells produce only water vapor and heat as byproducts, making them much cleaner than combustion engines.Continue reading… “Could autonomous, hydrogen-powered aircraft be the answer to connecting the world sustainably?”