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Honeywell’s new hydrogen fuel cells increase drone range threefold

Honeywell has unveiled a new suite of improvements to its drones that enable to them to travel three times their traditional distance alongside improved radio and communications equipment.

Honeywell has unveiled a new suite of improvements to its drones that enable to them to travel three times their traditional distance alongside improved radio and communications equipment.

Honeywell has unveiled their new Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) technology package that enable drones to increase their range threefold, carry more weight and improve their communications capabilities earlier this week.

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According to a statement by the company, the BVLOS are designed to be impactful in situations where terrain interferes with the communications capabilities of the drone, with the company expecting the enhancements to provide improved military and emergency ISR capabilities.

Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s Unmanned Aerial Systems and Urban Air Mobility business unit, welcomed the release of the new technology.

“These are technologies that businesses have been waiting for,” Fymat said.

“They will help make drones profitable for a world of new applications.”

The company confirmed that the new technology package includes:

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  • Honeywell’s 600-watt and 1,200-watt hydrogen fuel cells;
  • Honeywell’s RDR-84K multipurpose radar;
  • Honeywell’s inertial measurement units (IMUs); and
  • Honeywell’s UAV Satcom – the world’s smallest and lightest satellite transceiver.

In fact, the company outlines that the new hydrogen batters are silent unlike traditional gasoline engines, meanwhile the RDR-84K phased-array radar is an electronic piece of equipment with no moving parts requiring minimal maintenance.

Sapan Shah, product manager for Honeywell’s Unmanned Aerial Systems and Urban Air Mobility business unit, confirmed that the range of new integrations broaden the usability of the drone.

“These innovations give drone builders and operators a whole new range of options,” Shah said.

“More time in the air, more awareness of surroundings and traffic, better connectivity: These are the building blocks of safe, profitable drone operations of all kinds, and that’s what we’re delivering.”

[Related: Honeywell, InfiniDome to develop GPS signal protector]

 

Honeywell’s new hydrogen fuel cells increase drone range threefold
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