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The Intelligent Energy fuel-cell powered SKIRON-XLE weighs just 54 pounds and is easily transported in a standard truck or SUV and deployed by a two-person crew By Joe Macey / 09 Jul 2024
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Intelligent Energy (IE) has collaborated with Aurora Flight Sciences to help power the company’s next-gen uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) through the use of fuel cell technology. 

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, recently tested its fuel-cell-powered SKIRON-XLE, a new addition to its SKIRON Expeditionary small uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) product line. The new craft has been designed for long-range reconnaissance for customers including the US military. 

Intelligent Energy’s product portfolio features fuel cell technology aimed particularly at this market and bespoke to the stringent requirements needed to deliver reliable, long-range flight. The Intelligent Energy fuel cell-powered SKIRON-XLE weighs just 54 pounds and is easily transported in a standard truck or SUV and deployed by a two-person crew.

By allowing for more energy to be added to a UAS without a concurrent increase in weight which would come with conventional battery packs, Intelligent Energy fuel cells allow the SKIRON-XLE to extend flight times to well over five hours, crucial for long-range reconnaissance. 

The SKIRON product line combines the convenience of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with the longer endurance of a fixed-wing design

Andy Kelly, Head of Product at Intelligent Energy, said; “Aurora Flight Sciences is a company at the forefront of uncrewed aircraft technology and we are proud to see our fuel cells taking the range and capability of this technology to new levels. This represents yet another application of Intelligent Energy technology into the field of sustainable, long-range flight. 

“We look forward to continuing to support the team at Aurora Flight Sciences as they roll this new product out and to seeing the flight times achieved deployed in further settings including civilian and commercial.” 

Jason Grzywna, Senior Director of Products at Aurora Flight Sciences, said; “Aurora is excited to advance the future of flight with the integration of Intelligent Energy fuel cells into our SKIRON platform. The fuel-cell-powered variant can deliver maximum range and endurance for customers with the most demanding needs, enabling long range reconnaissance missions while also providing more sustainable small aircraft operations.”

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