Dronamics seeks hydrogen fuel cells for middle-mile drone delivery
Middle-mile European drone delivery specialist Dronamics is joining forces with groundbreaking aviation tech developer Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) in an effort to perfect clean hydrogen fuel cells to power the company’s Black Swan cargo UAVs.
Dronamics, which has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency to operate across the bloc as a drone airline, is looking to CAeS hydrogen cell development to address what may arguably be the one wrinkle in its middle-mile delivery strategy: the carbon-free sustainability of its automated Black Swan freight craft. Designed to fly continent-spanning routes of up to 1,500 miles carrying as much as 770 lb. at speeds of 125 mph, those planes require long-lasting power that cleaner technologies haven’t been able to provide.
Perhaps until now.
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Initially Dronamics pursued a hybrid…