US aviation giant Honeywell has launched a new technology cluster that, among other things, will permit drones to fly longer beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) missions and carry heavier payloads by using hydrogen fuel cells.

Longer, quieter, smarter UAV missions

In revealing its new development activity this week, Honeywell also said the new tech will allow uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) to fly up to three times longer than craft using conventional batteries; enjoy enhanced hazard avoidance capabilities; and stream video of its progress around the world. 

The company says the hydrogen-powered offer will considerably increase the range and capacities of drones flying BVLOS missions while decreasing the need for human intervention. That combination, it adds, will prove particularly valuable during flights where distance or external conditions undermine communications with or manual piloting of UAV.

“These are technologies that businesses have been…