Boeing to conduct manned fuel cell powered flight trial this year

Boeing have announced the impending flight of a manned aircraft powered only by a hydrogen fuel cell and light weight batteries. The demonstrator aircraft is a Dimona motor glider, built by Diamond Aircraft Industries of Austria. With a wing span of 16.3 meters, the airplane will be able to cruise at approximately 100 kilometers per hour using fuel cell-provided power. The PEM hydrogen fuel-cell system used on the flight demonstrator was designed and built by the UK-based firm Intelligent Energy, the same company we reported to have signed a deal with Suzuki to develop fuel cell motorcycles.

Flight tests, which will take place in Spain later this year, will demonstrate for the first time that a manned airplane can maintain a straight level flight with fuel cells as the only power source.


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