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HYCOPTER

Brand: HES Energy Systems
Product Code: 10810007

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HYCOPTER
HYDROGEN ELECTRIC DRONE
HYDROGEN POWER FOR AERIAL AUTONOMY
DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED IN THE USA

HYCOPTER with ultralightweight PEMFC
HYCOPTER with ultralightweight PEMFC

Close look up to payload section
Close look up to spacious payload bay

HYCOPTER with a payload
HYCOPTER with an optical payload


THE FIRST IN ITS CLASS: HYCOPTER

It is hydrogen fuel cell powered. It is quiet.  It is vibration free. It has low thermal signature. It flies up to 3.5 hours with a single hydrogen charge.  This is the HES' Hycopter drone. This is the future.

FLY HOURS INSTEAD OF MINUTES

By combining ultralightweight hydrogen fuel cell technology and cutting-edge UAV platform, HES Energy Systems has created the first hydrogen-electric drone that is destined to do wonders. Whatever your application is, you will find the HYCOPTER as the most reliable partner to yourself.

Longer flight duration
Unprecedented flight duration

Flight performance
Unparalleled flight performance and multiple H2 storage options

 
HOW DID HES MANUFACTURE THE WORLD'S LONGEST FLYING HYDROGEN-ELECTRIC DRONE?

HES has a long-standing reputation for producing the world's most lightweight PEM fuel cell based powered generators.  Everything about the fuel cell hardware has been optimized.  A decade of research and development yielded the most power dense PEM fuel cell system for aerospace applications.  Everything about the hydrogen storage and its high-pressure to low-pressure delivery have been carefully engineered.  World's most lightweight composite tank and pressure regulator enabled the use of gaseous hydrogen in the most safest fashion.  A specialty multi-rotor design that was developed and built in the USA solely for the utilization of high efficiency and high power PEM fuel cells systems.  Merging HES' all core technologies in a single platform created the world most advanced and longest flying machine: HYCOPTER, the hydrogen-electric powered drone.

Ultralightweight Fuel Cell Stacks
Ultralightweight Fuel Cell Stacks
Ultralightweight Hydrogen Storage
Ultralightweight Hydrogen Storage
Ultralightweight Pressure Regulator
Ultralightweight Pressure Regulator

 

HYCOPTER APPLICATIONS (1): INSPECTION AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES

HYCOPTER drones can cover 6 times more surface area than most of today’s battery drones, making large-scale infrastructure and industrial maintenance inspections faster, cheaper and easier to complete. Images collected by HYCOPTER link up to H3 Zoom.AI, an AI-assisted visual analytics platform on cloud designed to speed up the validation and reporting process of specialist inspection reports.  Some of the inspection and management services that will benefit greatly from the use of HYCOPTER are given below and many more to come.

Oil and gas infrastructure inspection
Oil and gas infrastructure inspection
Crude oil storage tank condition monitoring
Crude oil storage tank condition monitoring
Urban and smart city building and facade inspection
Urban and smart city building and facade inspection
Hydropower dam safety inspection
Hydropower dam safety inspection

 

Aerial mapping and site planning
Aerial mapping and site planning
Solar farm inspection
Solar farm inspection
Vegetation management
Vegetation management
High voltage power line inspection
High voltage power line inspection

 

HYCOPTER APPLICATIONS (2): SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE

Hydrogen fuel cell powered HYCOPTER is the ultimate drone solution for persistent reconnaissance and surveillance applications.  It is designed to provide long flight times while maintaining its stealth (insignificant thermal and noise signatures).  Its unprecedented reliability and high performance makes HYCOPTER a very unique eyes and ears for various missions.  Its spacious payload bay allows integration of multiple sensors. This multi-sensing capability with 3.5 hours of endurance or flight time real time support solutions to armed forces on the battlefield, optimizes tactical field operations, and enhances the mission capability to a new level.

Oil and gas infrastructure inspection
Variety of payloads that can be integrated to HYCOPTER payload bay (military grade high quality visible and thermal sensors, laser range finders, Nocturn sensors, laser designators, CBRNe sensors, TRACKER-i, and more) for tactical operations, covert operations, day & night surveillance, and more...)

 

Oil and gas infrastructure inspection
Perimeter monitoring of critical infrastructures
Crude oil storage tank condition monitoring
Security monitoring of oil and gas infrastructures
Urban and smart city building and facade inspection
Border wall security monitoring and surveillance

HYCOPTER SPECIFICATIONS

All of the essential specifications for the hydrogen powered Hycopter drone is given below:

Dimensions & Weight:

• Dimensions:1450 mm motor diameter X 500 mm height
• Max. Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 15 kg

Power:

• Fuel Cell Nominal Power:1500 W
• LiPo Peak Power: 4000 W for less than 10 seconds

Hydrogen Storage and Refueling:

• Fueling Carriage: Compressed gas (stored in Type IV ultralightweight composite cylinders)
• H2 Cylinder Capacity: Three options; 5L, 9L, 12L
• H2 Storage Pressure: 350 bars
• Refilling Duration: <30 min, depending on the H2 storage cylinder capacity and H2 supply pressure
• Refilling Equipment: Electric or pneumatic booster pump

Payload:

• Payload Volume: (L) 260mm X (W) 330 mm X (H) 200 mm
• Max. Payload Weight: 2.5 kg
• Voltage: 5 V - 32 V
• Payload Max. Power Supply: 150 W
• Payloads: Open payload bay for easy integration of variety of cameras and sensors (such as visible and thermal sensors, laser range finders, Nocturn sensors, laser designators, CBRNe sensors, TRACKER-i, and more)

Performance and Operations:

• Flight Time: Up to 3.5 hours, depending on payload weight and H2 cylinder
• Max. Speed: 56 kph (35 mph), wind and payload dependent
• Max. Ascent Speed: 3.2 m/s (10.4 ft/s)
• Max. Descent Speed: 2.2 m/s (7.1 ft/s)
• Yaw-Pitch-Roll: Yaw: 100ºº/s ; Pitch: 250ºº/s
• Max. Tilt Angle: 32º
• Wind Survivability: 32 km/h (19.9 miles/h)
• Deployment Time: 10 minutes with 2 people
• Filed Serviceability: Can be implemented based on customer's requirement
• Operating Temperature: -5 ºC to 45 ºC (fuel cell limited)
• Storage Temperature: 0 ºC to 45 ºC (fuel cell limited)

Control:

• Control Hardware: Joystick radio
• Remote Control: 3 km (line of sight)
• Flight Controller: Pixhawk 2
• Navigation Assistance: Telemetry, flight planning software, optional FPV camera system
• GPS Accuracy: Vertical 0.5 m (1.64 ft); Horizontal 2.5 m (8.2 ft)
• 10 km+ Range Extension: Available on request

Safety and Compliance:

• Safety: Avoid open flames, high heat, smoke, and chemical gases
• Compliance: Depending on local regulations
• Parachute: Available as an option. Approximately 550 g loss in payload capacity if a parachute device to be installed.

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