The first ever piloted fuel-cell powered aircraft ‘Antares DLR-H2’ took off at the Hamburg Airport for a 10-minute flight on July 7th, 2009. The fuel-cell powered airplane was piloted by Axel Lange, the 46-year-old head of one of the companies which adapted the motor-assisted glider to demonstrate the new technology.
Antares DLR-H2 demonstrated its new propulsion technology and also increased awareness regarding fuel cells as a potential future energy source for air travel. The “H2” is completely CO²-free and considerably quieter than other, comparable, motor gliders, and represents a major leap in the fuel cell technology. The airplane has been developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) in collaboration with Lange Aviation, BASF Fuel Cells, the Danish company Serenergy and the European airplane manufacturer, Airbus.
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