Tuesday, 13 Jul, 2010 Technology

Boeing's New Hydrogen-Powered Unmanned Spy Aircraft Can Stay Aloft for Four Days


The famous American aerospace and defense corporation, Boeing, has recently presented its new unmanned aircraft system powered by hydrogen. Dubbed the Phantom Eye, the new spy aircraft can stay aloft at an altitude of 65,000 feet for 4 days, emitting just water.

It is worth mentioning that the Phantom Eye will be brought to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, where researchers will carry out ground and taxi tests of the system.

NASA hopes its latest invention hits the skies in 2011, with the test flight expected to last 8 hours.

It would be interesting to note that the Phantom Eye features two 2.3 liter, four-cylinder hydrogen fueled engines, developed by Ford. Each of the engines produces an output of 150hp, informs PopSci.

The aircraft boasts a 150-foot wingspan and the ability to carry a payload weighting up to 450 pounds, while flying at a speed of 170mph.

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