Boeing’s Hydrogen Fuelled Phantom Eye Completes Second Flight

27 Feb 2013

Boeing Phantom Eye

Boeing's liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight on February 25th, demonstrating capabilities that will allow it to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for up to four days without refuelling.

During the flight, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Phantom Eye climbed above an altitude of 8,000 feet and remained aloft for 66 minutes at a cruising speed of 62 knots before landing. The aircraft exceeded what it achieved last year during its first flight when it flew at an altitude of 4,080 feet and remained aloft for 28 minutes.

Boeing is self-funding development of the environmentally responsible Phantom Eye, which generates only water as a byproduct of its propulsion system.

Following the first flight, Boeing upgraded the aircraft's software and hardware, including the landing gear. The upgrades paid off in the form of a picture-perfect landing.

The Phantom Eye demonstrator is capable of carrying a 450-pound payload while operating for up to four days at altitudes of up to 65,000 feet.

The feature story and video are online here.

Source: Taken from Boeing news release

Photo credit: Boeing photo

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