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Hydrogen Unmanned Aircraft Completes Wind Tunnel Tests

By Phoebe Grinter / 05 Jan 2022
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H3 Dynamics’ Toulouse team has completed wind tunnel tests of a long-range unmanned hydrogen test aircraft in preparation for first test flights within the next 2 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. Next phases of the Mermoz program will add-on small local companies from Toulouse, France, including drone maker Delair to support on long-range flight operations.

In 2018, H3 Dynamics filed international patents for full-scale distributed hydrogen propulsion and refueling systems for aviation. The company has since begun development of hydrogen-electric propulsion systems from its engineering centers in Austin 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. “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.”

H3 Dynamics works with universities and specialized laboratories on the deep physics behind aircraft integration of hydrogen-electric systems in the context of strict aeronautical regulations and certification expectations.

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