ISS Aerospace has integrated Intelligent Energy’s (IE) 2.4kW Fuel Cell Power Module into its latest heavy-lift drone, giving it the capability to achieve up to 100 minutes of continuous flight.
The Sensus 6 UAV is designed for long-endurance commercial, energy, defence and security applications.
ISS is one of IE’s development partners for the 2.4kW product, its highest power UAV module.
IE describes the module as one of the lightest and most power dense, certified products available on the market.
It hopes that the pair have provided a solution to the current issue of endurance for companies that need longer flight times, like inspection services, parcel delivery and military applications.
ISS, meanwhile, designs, builds, and operates cutting edge unmanned aerial systems for a wide range of international commercial clients active in a number of industrial sectors.
The company has now integrated fuel cells into two of its commercially available UAVs.
This latest product launch joins the existing hydrogen fuel cell UAV product line from ISS and offers customers even more endurance than ISS’s Sensus 4 quadcopter, which integrates IE’s 800W FCPM.
The addition of Sensus 6, means that customers requiring even greater lifting capability and increased payloads, can now benefit from fuel cell-powered UAVs.
Lee Juby, chief sales officer at IE, said: “We know our fuel cells can deliver significantly longer flight time when compared to traditional batteries and ISS has now brought to market two commercial UAV products using our FCPMs.
“ISS identified IE’s FCPMs as being the ideal power product to improve UAV operator efficiency by significantly extending flight duration compared to that offered by lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries.”
Intelligent Energy released its innovative fuel cell back in April 2019. Read more about the technology below: