Boeing Pimps Massive Hydrogen-Powered Drone

10 Apr
A scale model of Boeing’s Phantom Eye drone. The real thing has a 150-foot wingspan and hauls 10,000 lbs. of cargo. Photo: Spencer Ackerman/Wired.com

A scale model of Boeing’s Phantom Eye drone. The real thing has a 150-foot wingspan and hauls 10,000 lbs. of cargo. Photo: Spencer Ackerman/Wired.com

Via Wired: The Phantom Eye is a beast: wingspans of 150 feet; a gross takeoff weight of 10,000 pounds; room for up to a 450 pound payload; two four-cylinder engines each providing about 150 horsepower. It runs on liquid hydrogen, not only making it greener than the rest of the U.S. military’s drone fleet, but, Boeing believes, three times more energy-efficient. Most drones are lucky if they can stay aloft for a day at a stretch. The Phantom Eye aims to stay in the air for up to five days, and about three times higher — at 60,000 feet.

via Boeing Bills Its Massive Hydrogen-Powered Drone as a Flying Cell Tower | Danger Room | Wired.com.

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