Hydrogen Helicopter Credit: Piasecki Aircraft

First hydrogen-powered helicopter

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The hydrogen-powered helicopter!

HyPoint, an aviation company based around hydrogen fuel cells and the implementation of their technology in modern aviation, has completed a draft for their first major project, the world’s first hydrogen-powered helicopter. HyPoint has partnered together with another aviation company that shares its goals of hydrogen-powered aviation, Piasecki Aircraft Corporation. The helicopter has not fully been created yet, and HyPoint and Piasecki are in the first stages of going over the engineering and manufacturing details regarding the layout of the helicopter.

HyPoint is stated to be responsible for the original owner of the helicopter when it is first created and sold on the market, while Piasecki is stated to hold an all exclusive right and a license to the technology that will be used to develop the aircraft, most likely intending to keep it for its future innovations.

Reports haven’t shown just how far ahead Piasecki and HyPoint are in their finished design of the helicopter, but the Piasecki president has stated that they have been testing the technology that is used in developing the helicopter, and they are very optimistic about the success of the helicopter in the long term and think it will be magnificent.

What exactly is the purpose of the helicopter being hydrogen-powered?

Hydrogen-powered aircraft will allow the aircraft to use double the potential and specific power in its technology for the helicopter to be more efficient and quicker, as well as stay in the air for a multitude of times. HyPoint has stated that the new technology that is being developed to make the helicopter hydrogen-powered will “achieve up to 2,000 watts per kilogram of specific power, which is more than triple the power-to-weight ratio of traditional hydrogen fuel cells systems. It will also boast around 1,500 watt-hours per kilogram of energy density, enabling longer-distance journeys”.

In addition to the helicopter being quicker and swift, the helicopter will also have a better and easier time landing and vertical takeoff in the air due to the lightness of the new battery inside the design of the hydrogen-powered aircraft.

Piasecki’s PA-890 compound helicopter is targeted for certification and commercial production by 2025 – a fuel-cell-powered version is expected to be the world’s first crewed hydrogen helicopter. (Credit: Piasecki Aircraft)
Piasecki’s PA-890 compound helicopter – a fuel-cell-powered version is expected to be the world’s first crewed hydrogen helicopter. (Credit: Piasecki Aircraft)

The long-term effect of technology like the hydrogen-powered helicopter is urban air mobility. Scientists and innovators are optimistic that if the current trend of aviation technology goes the way it is going right now, with more focus on technology that cuts time and is quicker, then we could see the concept of “flying cars” and “air taxis” much sooner than we think. This would be possible with the technology that HyPoint and Piasecki are developing right now, with the battery-powered eVTOLS that allow for the battery and technology inside the helicopter to run four times stronger than it usually would for a normal helicopter, also making the helicopter last for a much longer time. With the way that things are looking right now, it’s safe to say that the future of aviation technology looks promising.

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