Natilus, a leading innovator in designing and developing new autonomous blended-wing body (BWB) cargo aircraft, and ZeroAvia, the leader in zero-emission commercial aviation, have announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop hydrogen-electric engines for the Natilus Kona cargo aircraft.
Kona, the first of the Natilus fleet, is designed for increased hydrogen storage, maintaining payload capacity and range, making it an ideal solution for sustainable air cargo transportation.
ZeroAvia’s 600kW prototype hydrogen-electric engine is already in flight testing with certification on track for 2025.
ZeroAvia’s ZA600 will be the sole hydrogen-electric propulsion source offered for the novel Kona short-haul feeder UAV, with the partnership focused on delivering zero-emission and lower-cost operations.
The Natilus Kona, with its revolutionary BWB design, offers increased volume for hydrogen storage, potentially transforming the air cargo delivery industry to one with low-cost, low-carbon emissions, while also extending flight range. The partnership with ZeroAvia will leverage its expertise in hydrogen-electric powertrain technology with Natilus’ unique design to create a scalable, long-range, and zero-emission air cargo delivery solution for the entire industry.