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Protonex Fuel Cell Contract Aims for Smaller UAVs, Longer Flights

 The fuel cell system for this smaller UAV is a scaled-down version of a system that was previously integrated into AeroVironment’s “Puma” UAV platform.
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Protonex Technology Corp. has received a $265,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for advanced development of high-performance fuel cell systems for small unmanned aerial vehicles, continuing the efforts by Protonex to miniaturize fuel cells for use in smaller UAVs.

Under the terms of the contract, Protonex will integrate a miniaturized high performance fuel cell system into development partner AeroVironment’s “Raven” UAV to demonstrate first flight capabilities for this plane under fuel cell power.

The resulting UAV would be targeted at longer missions.

AeroVironment’s Raven is the highest volume production UAV and is a battle proven, lightweight UAV designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for both military and commercial applications, protonex said.

The fuel cell system for this smaller UAV is a scaled-down version of a system that was previously integrated into AeroVironment’s “Puma” UAV platform, which was able to demonstrate three to four times the flight endurance capability of advanced batteries.

“We are very pleased that, with the continued support of the AFRL, we are finding new, mission-critical opportunities for our technology within UAVs,” said Paul Osenar, Protonex chief technology officer.

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