Singapore-based H3 Dynamics has launched the company’s HYWINGS drone on Monday. The UAV is capable of flying for 10 hours non-stop and can go distances of 500 kms. A hand-launchable UAV can cover larger areas of land faster, while removing the need for catapult launchers or runways typically required by larger, heavier and more expensive systems.
Weighing 7kgs, the HYWINGS demonstrates technology deployed in flight, skipping months or years of testing in the lab, thereby reducing development costs while accelerating go-to-market. For UAV manufacturers, HYWINGS demonstrates technology deployed in flight, skipping months or years of testing in the lab, thereby reducing development costs while accelerating go-to-market.
The UAV comes with a hydrogen-electric multi-rotor platform, also known as HYCOPTER. It is also harnessed with DRONEBOX – a remotely operated drone charging station which can self-sustain in the field for up to 2 years.
Aerospace-grade fuel cell technology, which can be 3 to 5 times lighter than lithium batteries is the result of a 10-year evolution at HES Energy Systems, an H3 Dynamics subsidiary. HES Energy Systems is now working on field-refueling systems as accessories to HYWINGS and HYCOPTER platforms.
Unlike much larger refueling stations designed to fill up to 300kWh worth of hydrogen in fuel cell cars, HES is designing small and portable refueling systems able to fill up 1kWh storage tanks, which is enough to fly HYWINGS for 6 hours.
As a miniaturized electric aircraft of the future, HYWINGS is also a step towards enabling larger platforms. With further improvements to its technology in combination with new aircraft designs, HES sees the feasibility of 50 to 80 hour electric flight durations in both unmanned and manned aircraft configurations.