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UAV prepares for 300km flight

3rd September 2015 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A new civilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being prepared for a 300km UAV flight across the North Sea between Norway and Scotland, it was announced on 1 September.

The flight is a joint effort between Singapore-based UAV fuel cell systems supplier Horizon Energy Systems (HES) and Scottish UAV developer RaptorUAS. US-based Northern Colorado Search and Rescue will be the first end-user of the UAV.

The fuel cell powering the Raptor E1 UAV has been designed to keep the aircraft airborne for over 12 hours, making it suitable for search and rescue operations across large areas of land or sea. More UAV flights with long endurance energy storage systems from HES have been planned for the coming weeks and months.

Taras Wankewycz, CEO, HES, said: 'We look forward to breaking new ground in the search and rescue arena. Long flight endurance enabled by fuel cells can make a significant difference in challenging field operations, and the difficult conditions in the North Sea make it an ideal proving ground.'

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