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French hydrogen drone aims to cross the South Atlantic

2020-10-30T13:33:06.018Z

As part of the Mermoz project, the students of Isae-SupAero are developing, with partners, a drone plane on which they test critical technologies. Take-off scheduled for 2023.



Participate in the development of a zero emission aircraft.

This is the exciting challenge launched by a small team of Isae-SupAero students, with the support of several industrial partners.

As part of the project called Mermoz, "

we plan to build a drone powered by an electric motor powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that will be able to cross the Atlantic in 2023

", explains Jean-Marc Moschetta, professor of aerodynamics at the 'Isae SupAero, who is piloting this project with around ten students and post-doctoral researchers.

A project piloted in a start-up spirit.

Read also: For Boeing, the zero-emission plane must also be silent

With its 14 kilos on the scale and a wingspan of 3.60 meters, this miniature aircraft will carry in its 6-liter tank, installed in its fuselage, 420 grams of liquid hydrogen, obtained from the electrolysis of water and maintained in this form at -253 degrees Celsius.

It will be equipped with electric motors powered by a fuel cell.

It will be able to cover 3000 km in one go

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Source: lefigaro

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