Great Britain will create a large hydrogen airliner

Great Britain will create a large hydrogen airliner
Great Britain will create a large hydrogen airliner
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Electric Aviation Group decided to turn the promising H2ERA aircraft into hydrogen. This will shift its expected commissioning date.

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The British company Electric Aviation Group (EAG) has selected a hydrogen fuel cell power plant for its future H2ERA passenger aircraft.

The British showed the concept of a hybrid airliner for 70 passengers last year. Structurally, it was a high-wing aircraft equipped with an elongated wing and two keels. The car was supposed to receive four electric motors: two of them are equipped with larger diameter propellers. It was assumed that the aircraft could be put into operation in 2028.

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A change in the concept and a choice in favor of hydrogen will lead to the fact that it will not be possible to comply with the previous deadlines: the aircraft can begin to operate no earlier than 2030.

The innovations may seem strange, however, according to Kamran Iqbal, CEO and founder of Electric Aviation Group, they reflect the trend towards reducing harmful emissions as much as possible.

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The final decision on the appearance of the new car has not yet been made, and in addition, key suppliers have not been announced. Conceptual changes to the project are unlikely, according to the CEO of EAG.

The aircraft is expected to fly at a speed of 360 knots (666 kilometers per hour) and have a range of at least 1,200 nautical miles (2,220 kilometers).

In recent years, the creation of hydrogen winged machines has been more and more actively discussed in the West. In the summer, it became known that H2Fly and Deutsche Aircraft decided to join forces to create a hydrogen aircraft designed for 40 passengers.

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The first flight of the technology demonstrator is expected around the middle of the decade, and they want to get a commercial airliner by 2030. It is assumed that the aircraft will receive a flight range of more than 1,800 kilometers. The cruising speed will be 520 kilometers per hour.

The creators have a lot of experience in this business: previously H2Fly created the hydrogen winged aircraft HY4, which is based on the Pipistrel Taurus Electro G4 electric aircraft.

We also note that earlier public attention was attracted by the demonstration by Airbus of hydrogen airliner concepts, which could begin production in about 15 years. You can get acquainted in detail with the plans of the aircraft building giant, as well as with whether they should be taken seriously, in our material.

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