A new, fuel cell-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for search and rescue (SAR) is gearing up for a 300 km UAV flight across the North Sea, linking Scotland to Norway, says Singapore-based Horizon Energy Systems(HES).
The flight is a joint effort between UAV fuel cell power systems supplier HES and Scottish UAV developer RaptorUAS. The team is working with Northern Colorado SAR, which will be the first end-user of the long-endurance system.
“We look forward to breaking new ground in the search-and-rescue arena,” says Taras Wankewycz, CEO of HES. “Long flight endurance enabled by fuel cells can make a significant difference in challenging field operations, and the difficult conditions in the North Sea make it an ideal proving ground.”
According to HES, the hydrogen fuel cell is able to keep the Raptor E1 UAV flying for over 12 hours.
RaptorUAS has launched a KickStarter campaign to help fund the future event. A portion of the funds raised will be used to provide the volunteers at Northern Colorado SAR with a turnkey Raptor E1 UAV system. The nonprofit group partners with law enforcement agencies and fire departments in the U.S.