Environmental requirements for aviation are becoming more stringent every year, and aircraft designers have to look for new technical solutions that would reduce the impact of aircraft on global climate change. Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric aircrafts are considered almost environmental-friendly because they emit only water (H2O) and warm air.
A team of 44 students from the Delft University of Technology, calling themselves the AeroDelft team, has presented a one-third scale prototype of its Phoenix two-seater, which aims to be the world’s first liquid hydrogen plane. The prototype, called Phoenix PT, is powered by a 1500W fuel cell coupled with a battery pack for take-off power and safety.
The aircraft has got a 5.7-m (around 19-ft) wingspan and weighs only 50 kg (110 lb). Powered by an…
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