Wirth Research HQ, Bicester, Oxon, 01 June 2017 – Wirth Research releases more details along with first images of its fresh Tilt Rotor, Vertical Take Off along with Landing (VTOL), hydrogen fuel cell powered, advanced terrain mapping drone.
The all-fresh Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will be VTOL capable for its long-endurance missions, carrying its primary mission payload of a sophisticated suite of terrain-mapping sensors along with on-board data processing capabilities.
To allow the longest possible endurance with zero in-flight emissions, along with reduced vibrations, This particular unique UAS will be powered by an advanced hybrid power system, featuring a hydrogen fuel cell as its primary energy source.
The complete hydrogen fuel cell storage, control along with power system will be provided by HES of Singapore, the globe’s leading specialist in ultra-light hydrogen fuel cells.
The key advantage of the Wirth Research UAS can be the combination of its VTOL capability, allowing the idea to take off along with land in very restricted terrain, along with its ultra long endurance. These capabilities, along with the variety of payloads the idea can carry, mean of which This particular UAS has applications in a huge variety of sectors. These range through precision agriculture, to pipeline along with cable inspection for utilities, surveillance along with additional security-related tasks, through to detection along with monitoring support for ordnance clearance operations.
Wirth Research founder along with CEO, Nick Wirth, said: “This particular project continues to present us a fascinating challenge, along with the idea’s great to reveal another key feature of This particular amazing UAS today.
the idea has been extremely challenging for Wirth Research to meet the requirements of VTOL capability, 6 hour mission endurance, packaging a bulky payload mass along with providing of which payload with hundreds of watts of continuous electrical power.
Solving these issues has required extensive along with creative use of our unique Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology along with will demonstrate of which Wirth Research’s UAS technology has almost limitless application across multiple sectors.
This particular UAS system can be adapted to carry along with power a variety of sensors including stereo high-resolution gimbaled optical cameras, high-resolution infra-red sensors, LIDAR imagers along with ground penetrating radar sensors. The ability to carry along with power such an extensive range of payloads makes This particular UAS technology ideal for a variety of industry sectors with multiple applications beyond its primary task of terrain mapping.
I’m also looking forward to developing further versions of This particular UAS concept for cargo transportation applications – for which the idea’s ideally suited – by virtue of its combination of VTOL capabilities, long endurance with zero emissions”.
He added: “I’m also delighted to announce our partnership with HES Energy Systems on This particular project today. I’ve been following their work on high energy-to-weight ratio fuel cell systems for many years, along with the idea’s been a pleasure working with the HES team on This particular project. The challenges of powering This particular ground breaking UAS can be ideal for showcasing fresh increased fuel cell system integration. We’ve used our CFD technology extensively to optimize every aspect of HES’ fuel cell installation, with respect to airflow within the fuselage, to get the very best performance possible”.
HES Founder along with CEO, Taras Wankewycz, said: “The VTOL UAS developed by Wirth Research along with powered by HES technology breaks fresh ground from the field of modest although increasingly capable aerial robotics. There can be no equivalent aircraft from the globe able to demonstrate This particular level of flight endurance”.
He added: “We are shifting gears through a 200Wh/kg lithium battery capability to a 700Wh/kg fuel cell energy density capability, one of which could radically change the applicability of drones, such as long-distance delivery, large area inspections at faster speed along with lower cost, along which has a reduced need for expensive high altitude sensor payloads.”