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Rapid200Fc hydrogen fuel cell powered aircraft takes its maiden flight

mdnflg1_full cr200_1_full Reggio Emilia, ItalyAt 07:14 UTC on 20th May 2010, European Commission research project Rapid200Fc, hydrogen fuel cell powered aircraft, took its maiden flight in Reggio Emilia. The first aero-mechanical flight was followed by a 11 minutes flight envelope investigation flight. The hybrid power system, completely electrical and composed by a 20kW PEM fuel cell and a 20 kW Li-Po battery, was successfully tested during the experimental flight. Level flight at 700ft and 130 km/h was attained by mean of partial fuel cell power setting. Positive handling qualities and satysfactory engine performances let the test team to consider this successful early flight as a further step in introduction of clean energy in aeronautics. Official demonstration flight will be performed next week at Reggio Emilia airport.

May 28, 2010 - 10:00 AM