New multirotor UAV endurance record established
One of the biggest issues related to civil multicopters, regularly working on batteries, is undoubtedly their pretty short flight time. Nevertheless, as always, there are other ways, which can be followed. EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a leading Canadian developer of advanced fuel cell systems, recently established the world´s multirotor UAV endurance record, which counts for 3 hours, 43 minutes and 48 seconds. This longest multirotor drone flight is actually improving its previous this year´s record od 2 hours and 12 minutes from March 16th.
This multirotor UAV endurance record flight was possible thanks to the EnergyOr´s hydrogen fuel cell systems, which are supposed to dramatically extend flight time of multirotors. From this perspective, I find to be pretty impressive demonstration of its capabilities. Moreover, such flight endurance could open the door for completely new UAV applications, which were basically inconceivable until nowadays. The mentioned fuel cell technology is similar to that used in the automotive industry and according to EnergyOr´s representatives it has been builded, designed and tested in order to meet real customer requirements. The fuel system has been also tested for working at ambient temperature estremes, both high and low. The research team was also focused on functionality at high altitudes and contaminated environment, such as dust etc.
With currently expanding market of civil UAS we can surely expect further applications and attempts to commercializing groundbreaking prototypes. Since battery powered drones have quite limited flight time, EnergyOr´s cutting-edge product probably has a chance to piqued an interest of potential customers or partners. Their recently achieved multirotor UAV endurance record will be a great help in it, that´s for sure. In this blog we have already published a vast number of articles about UAV applications, including e.g. parcel delivery, inspecting of structures, UAV mapping, aerial thermography, precision agriculture, but the flight time is still an unpleasantly limiting factor in the world of unmanned aircrafts and we certainly welcome every attempt to push these limits for another step forward.