Boeing Phantom Eye Hydrogen-Powered UAV [Video]
If it works for gliders, than hydrogen works for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), used as reconnaissance platforms by the US military. And so the Boeing Phantom Eye project was born. Development of the revolutionary airplane has been going well, and Boing has just announced they completed taxi tests on March 10th, according to Softpedia News. We’re interested in this UAV because it actually makes use of two Ford Ranger engines converted to burn liquid hydrogen.
“The aircraft performed well and the data collected will help populate our models,” Drew Mallow explains.
“This test brings us one step closer to our first flight,” concludes the Boeing Phantom Eye program manager.
The Phantom Eye is expected to be able to stay in action for 4 days. This is partly due to the efficiency of the new systems, but also because of its 150-foot (45 meters) wingspan.