Category Archives: Aircraft Propulsion & Energy

Airbus Flight Tests Jet-Powered Sagitta in South Africa

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully tested a new type of aircraft that will aid the development of future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for series production. The unmanned jet-propelled demonstrator with the project name SAGITTA flew completely autonomously for around seven minutes over Denel’s Overberg Test Range (OTR) in  South Africa, on a pre-programmed course. Continue reading

MMC’s 2nd Generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell for Drones

Hydrogen fuel cell technology is really an environmentally friendly solution towards a drone industry bottleneck, because it can provide continuous power for UAVs so long as the hydrogen is supplied continually. MMC hydrogen fuel cell H1-Fuel Cell is an evolutionary product that is tailored-designed to enable commercial drone for long endurance. Continue reading

China’s Solar-Powered Drone Reaches 20,000 Meters

China’s latest solar-powered drone, known the Caihong (or “Rainbow” in English), has set a domestic record when it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles and their maximum altitude and time aloft. During a secretive test flight that began and ended in an unnamed airport in China’s northwestern region, the solar-powered Caihong reached an altitude of 20,000 meters (66,000 feet)—and stayed in the air for an entire day. Continue reading

Wirth Research VTOL Hydrogen Powered UAV


Wirth Research has released more details of its new Tilt Rotor, Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL), hydrogen fuel cell powered, advanced terrain mapping drone. The all-new Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will be VTOL capable for its long-endurance missions, carrying its primary mission payload of a sophisticated suite of terrain-mapping sensors and on-board data processing capabilities.   Continue reading