Together with CATIC, MMC, the drone producer, unveiled the HyDrone 1800 at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) going down at the Abu Dhabi nationwide exhibition middle. It represents the subsequent technology of its hydrogen expertise and the corporations mentioned it’s designed for the army.
The carbon-fiber HyDrone 1800 is an nearly indestructible plane. Designed to be used in the hardest circumstances, the drone is wind-resistant, rain-resistant, chilly-resistant and nonetheless extremely light-weight. The HyDrone 1800’s hydrogen gas cell expertise is its most notable characteristic and, in response to MMC, offers a flight endurance of four hours or of a outstanding 50+ hours when mixed with MMC tethered expertise. The endurance of the hydrogen drone adjustments the scope of purposes: most army or industrial drones at present on the market are restricted by flight instances of beneath 1 hour. HyDrone 1800 achieves the prolonged flight time whereas sustaining altitude limits of 4500 meters – aggressive or higher than different comparable sized plane – and a payload capability of as much as 5kg.
Hydrogen gas cell expertise is a breakthrough for drones. The expertise is an environmentally pleasant resolution in the direction of a drone trade bottleneck: flight endurance. Constructed for security and sturdiness, an auxiliary lithium battery begins the gas cell and offers a backup supply of energy for the drone. The properties of hydrogen gas not solely permit for extraordinary flight time, however lengthen the superb temperature vary for operation. Hydrogen drones might be flown in excessive temperatures – from -10 levels Celsius to 40 levels Celsius.
“This technology is the next step forward for military grade drones,” says MMC’s founder Lu Zhi Hui. “It’s safe, it’s effective, it’s proven – and the endurance is unmatched by other power sources. ”
Payloads might be modified shortly and simply. Operators could select from payloads together with a thermal imaging digicam, low gentle digicam, laser gear, or zoom digicam; making the system superb for a lot of army purposes. HyDrone 1800 can be utilized for intelligence gathering, border patrol, aerial fireplace assist, laser designation, or battle administration companies to tactical army operators. MMC additionally provides packaged options in goal acquisition and reconnaissance expertise (ISTAR).