WSU engineering professor Jacob Leachman, left, with students Patrick Adam, Patrick Gavin, Justin Bahrami, Eric Barrow and Christopher Chaney.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Test flights of a battery-powered version of what’s intended to be the world’s first university-built, liquid hydrogen-powered airplane have been conducted by students at Washington State University.
Researchers want to develop such vehicles to fly at extremely high altitudes for days at a time. Unlike satellites, hydrogen-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can return to earth and be re-used, said Jacob Leachman, assistant professor in the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and leader of the project.
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