Boeing's hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye

Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye successfully completed its second flight, that took place at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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Boeing’s unmanned autonomous aircraft, after the first flight on last year’s June, climb to an altitude of over 8,000 feet, for 66 minutes flight, at a cruising speed of 62 knots.

According to Boeing the target of the Phantom Eye is a four day flight time at 65,000 foot altitude.

Boeing's hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye flies higher

“Today’s combination of geopolitical and economic issues makes Phantom Eye’s capabilities, affordability and flexibility very attractive to our global customers,” said Darryl Davis, Boeing Phantom Works president. “No other system holds the promise of offering on-demand, persistent ISR and communications to any region in the world, rapidly responding to natural disasters and national security issues.”

“This flight, in a more demanding high-altitude flight envelope, successfully demonstrated Phantom Eye’s maneuverability, endurance and landing capabilities,” said Drew Mallow, Phantom Eye program manager.

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

source Boeing

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