H3 Dynamics Readies Hydrogen Propulsion for Unmanned Tests in France

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 December 15, 2021

H3 Dynamics has announced that its Toulouse, France, team has completed wind tunnel tests of a long-range, unmanned hydrogen-powered test aircraft. The company said its first test flights are expected to occur within the next two months.

Pioneered by H3 Dynamics and ISAE-Supaero in 2018, the MERMOZ program received support from the Occitanie Region in France and the European Fund for Regional Development, the company said. The next phases of the program will add on small local companies from Toulouse, including drone maker Delair to support long-range flight operations.

The company said it filed international patents for full-scale distributed hydrogen propulsion and refueling systems for aviation in 2018. Since then, H3 has begun development of hydrogen-electric propulsion systems from its engineering centers in Austin, Texas, and Toulouse.

“H3 Dynamics has the ambition to bring to market the most advanced and reliable hydrogen systems for aviation, but we will not cut corners on passenger safety,” said Taras Wankewycz, founder and CEO at H3 Dynamics. “While hydrogen-electric propulsion can accelerate the transition to a greener air transportation, we will progress cautiously from autonomous aerial data and cargo services, to manned cargo and passenger flights.”

The company said it has been working on  hydrogen fuel cell flight for more than 16 years, and continues to be involved in more than a dozen zero-emission flight research programs around the world, including the AeroDelft hydrogen aircraft in the Netherlands, and teh INSA STORK hydrogen UAV development in Strasbourg. Earlier this month, the company received certification for hydrogen-powered drone flights in Japan.

For additional information on H3 Dynamics and its technologies, visit its website here.


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