Sharjah: A team of researchers at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) successfully conducted a hydrogen fuel cell-powered multi-rotor drone flight last week, said to be the first flight of its kind outside North America. Fuel cell-powered multi-rotor drones are capable of flying for many hours as compared to the traditional battery-powered drones with flight endurance of just 15 to 20 minutes. The test flight, which took place in front of the AUS main building, was conducted to demonstrate the feasibility of using a hydrogen fuel cell in multi-rotor drones. The drone used is powered by Proton Exchange Membrane hydrogen fuel cell (PEMFC) and is able to maintain steady hover and forward flight. Hydrogen fuel cells create electricity by decomposing hydrogen while producing… Next »

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