DARPA Tags Boeing to Design Fuel Cell Aircraft

September 03, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA, Arlington, VA), has tapped Boeing Co. (Chicago, IL) to design a fuel-cell-based propulsion system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). DARPA said it would use currently available automotive fuel cell technology to speed up the process.

The three-step project calls for Boeing's Unmanned Systems organization to design the fuel-cell-based propulsion system and complete risk-reduction studies. Boeing will then take over and build and demonstrate the complete propulsion system and will build and demonstrate the ultra-long-endurance UAV platform that will use the propulsion system in the project's third phase.