Piper m, the world's largest hydrogen-powered aircraft, made its first flight

World's largest hydrogen-powered plane makes maiden flight

Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, Piper M, a commercial-grade aircraft from ZeroAvia, managed to make its first flight a few days ago.

This feat has made piper M the largest hydrogen-powered aircraft in the world, being ZeroAvia's research and development facilities in Cranfield, England, the place used to carry out takeoff, which marked the preamble to a flight where the Piper M would perform a full circuit before landing.

It should be noted that this test flight is a continuation of that carried out by the company in June this year in the United Kingdom, with an aircraft of commercial-scale powered by electricity. Both test flights are framed as part of ZeroAvia's HyFlyer project, which seeks the production of a propulsion system based on a combination of hydrogen and electricity.

World's largest hydrogen-powered plane makes maiden flight

If successful, this system would be incorporated in the future in conventional aircraft, as well as in new fuselages, also contemplating the development of a hydrogen infrastructure that makes its power possible.

About this, ZeroAvia points out that the technology had the ability to be scalable in the short term, which is why they remain optimistic in setting the goal of commissioning a 10- to 20-seat aircraft over a 3-year period.

World's largest hydrogen-powered plane makes maiden flight

Other projections made by the company would be that of a 50 to 100 seat aircraft by 2030, as well as a 200-seat aircraft by 2040 that has a range of 5,556 km.

ZeroAvia claims that the next and final stage in its 6-seat aircraft is its test on a 400-kilometre flight from an airfield in the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland.

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