L2 Aerospace and Cella Energy Collaborate to Extend UAV Flight Times

By Caroline Rees / 11 Jul 2012

Tests have been completed on the RQ-11 Raven UAV

L2 Aerospace, an innovative company providing integrated ground, air and space-based products and services, has announced a new partnership with Cella Energy, a company with patented technology in safe, low-cost hydrogen storage materials to produce longer duration unmanned systems.

Unmanned aerial systems are one of the most important and growing areas of military technology. For small tactical unmanned systems near-term challenges include increased range, endurance, interoperability, reliability and plug-and-play payload modularity.

L2 and Cella are developing plug and play hydrogen power solutions that use lightweight flexible polymer packaging that can be carried by dismounted soldiers or packaged into unmanned aerial vehicles UAV’s. This allows longer loiter times and reduces weight providing a mission critical extension to operations in theatre.

Cella Energy, a Kennedy Space Center, FL-based company, specializes in the safe, innovative storage of hydrogen. Cella technologies can be used in combination with fuel cells to provide a unique, lightweight power source that can be used in unmanned systems, like those produced by L2, to significantly extend range and/or operating time.

“L2 is thrilled to have the opportunity to be teaming with a company as innovative as Cella Energy,” said L2 Aerospace Founder General (Ret.) Lance Lord. “We look forward to developing innovative, lightweight, cost-effective solutions that will lead the ISR/Flight Systems marketplace.”

“Cella is delighted to be working with L2 on this exciting development. Unmanned systems are an important and fast growing area, and it is vital that they operate reliably for the maximum time possible”, said Stephen Voller, CEO of Cella Energy. “The initial goal of the L2 system is to provide a 3x the duration of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries.”

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact