Hydrogen-Powered Aerial Vehicles
Wind Craft Aviation is building a new type of unmanned aerial vehicle. It’s called the Sally Jean Experimental, or “SJX.”
The SJX is part of a sector within the aviation industry called Electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing, or “eVTOL.” These machines can travel autonomously, and are more versatile than traditional aircraft.
Unlike other eVTOL aircraft, which are powered with lithium-ion batteries, the SJX uses hydrogen as an energy source. This offers 10x the energy-to-weight ratio, giving the machine a greater flight range.
Wind Craft has filed two design patents and one utility patent for its aircraft. It was awarded a grant to test the machine at military sites, and aims to bring it to market in 2021.