Friday, April 4, 2008

Hydrogen Plane High Up

The plane in the photo above made aviation history by making the first manned flight by a hydrogen fuel cell. The Boeing Research & Technology Europe team in Madrid, Spain modified a two-seat Dimona motor-glider. A hybrid propulsion system based on a hydrogen fuel cell and lithium-ion batteries was installed.

In February and March around the OcaƱa airfield, south of Madrid, there were three test flights. The experimental plane climbed to an altitude of 1000 meters using power from batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. After reaching this peak, the pilot disconnected the batteries, and flew straight and level at 100 km/h for approximately 20 minutes.

Check the video below to see it in action:

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