ZeroAvia has completed what it calls the world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger aircraft flight

An aviation startup has completed what it calls the world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger aircraft flight

The world's first hydrogen-electric passenger plane flight. ZeroAvia

ZeroAvia has completed what it calls the world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger flight.

The London and California-based company's flight took place at its research and development space in England. According to a report by Engineering and Technology, the flight lasted 20 minutes.

This landmark journey was completed in a six-seater commercial-sized Piper aircraft that was retrofitted to be supported by hydrogen fuel cells, a power source that's now being tested in forms of transit ranging from mining dump trucks to pick-up trucks. This Piper M-class' powertrain retrofit also now makes it the world's largest hydrogen-powered aircraft, according to its maker.

Just like any other aircraft, the hydrogen-electric Piper completed a taxi, take-off, flight pattern, and landing. However, as of its current stage, ZeroAvia's aircraft can't compare to that of a fossil fuel-powered iteration in terms of flying distance and payload yet.

SOURCE: https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-first-hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered-passenger-aircraft-flight-2020-10#the-flight-is-a-part-of-zeroavias-uk-government-backed-hyflyer-project-which-was-created-with-the-intention-of-producing-zero-emissions-small-passenger-aircrafts-1

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