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