Plans for ‘Australia’s first’ hydrogen-powered drone revealed under new project

With the backing of a $1.3m grant from the Australian Government, the Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) in Swinburne, Victoria has announced it will develop and trial “Australia’s first” hydrogen-powered drone.

Dubbed the Hydrogen to the Skies (H22S) project, AIR plan to design and integrate a new hydrogen propulsion system into a large-scale drone, with a hope of spearheading the commercial development of zero-emission uncrewed air systems.

With a first prototype expected to be completed before the end of 2023, AIR says the project will demonstrate how hydrogen propulsion can be commercially deployed, in a bid to pave the way for regulatory and operational developments to better connect regional communities.

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