The American company ZeroAvia announced the successful completion of the world's first commercial aircraft on hydrogen cells on September 23. We are talking about a modified 6-seater Piper M aircraft, which, thanks to the modernization, has become the largest of the existing "hydrogen" aircraft.
The Piper M test flight is part of the British government-funded HyFlyer project to create a serial hydrogen-electric engine suitable for both existing and new aircraft, as well as to develop the corresponding hydrogen infrastructure.
According to ZeroAvia, the technology will be scaled up in a short time, and in three years, 10 and 20-seater aircraft will be put into operation, by 2030 - 50 and 100-seater, and by 2040 - 200-seater airliner with flight range up to 5560 km.
The next and final stage of testing the six-seat aircraft should be a flight at a range of up to 400 km with zero emissions from an airfield in the Orkney Islands, located north of Scotland.
Along with the development of the powertrain, ZeroAvia has created a hydrogen fueling ecosystem at Cranfield Airport, which is a pilot version of the future infrastructure.