Israel-based dronemaker Heven has unveiled its new hydrogen-powered H2D 55 cargo drone, seeking to capitalize on the growing unmanned segment.
Capable of vertical takeoffs and landings (VTOL) with a flight endurance of 100 minutes, the drone can carry up to 7 kg of payload at speeds of 29 knots.
The H2D 55 is one of three VTOL-capable drones designed and built by Heven — the others being the larger Urban and H100. Heven’s drones are built for heavy lift, long endurance and hydrogen power, the company told Cargo Facts.
The electrically powered Urban can carry up to 10 kg of payload at speeds of 38.8 knots for thirty-seven minutes of flight time, while the H100 has eight blades and is equipped with a hybrid-electric system that can power the drone for thirty-six minutes with a maximum payload of 30 kg and a speed of 31 knots.
Heven told Cargo Facts it is seeing a great deal of demand for its drones and hopes that turning to hydrogen power will yield the increased range needed for its customers.
“If you build it, they will come,” a spokesperson told Cargo Facts.
In Israel, drone startup Gadfin also is taking advantage of surging demand for unmanned operations and hopes to deploy its Spirit-One drone to service routes between logistics centers and hospitals. Gadfin is developing two longer ranger variants of the Spirit-One: Spirit-One-HD and Spirit-X with increased range and payload.
London-based Dronamics is also developing a hydrogen-powered drone, one that will be able to carry a payload of 350 kg at ranges of 1,349 nautical miles across routes in Europe beginning this year. The company also recently partnered with Zero Petroleum to purchase Zero Synavgas, a sustainable, fossil-free direct replacement fuel produced from hydrogen and carbon using a process called petrosynthesis.
At the beginning of the year, the world’s largest hydrogen-powered aircraft made its first flight, when U.K.-based ZeroAvia sent its hydrogen-electric-driven Dornier 228 on a ten-minute test flight around Cotswold Airport (GBA).
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