US Army grant supports hydrogen-powered UAV research

US Army grant supports hydrogen-powered UAV research

Jacob Leachman, an associate professor at Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has received a $1.8m grant from the US Army to demonstrate a liquid hydrogen-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and refuelling system.

The $7.2m total grant includes researchers from Mississippi State University (MSU), Institution Inc., and Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation.

Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, will provide its ScanEagle3® UAV, equipped with a fuel cell-powered electric engine. MSU will measure the performance characteristics of the drone.

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