Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) revealed its liquid hydrogen-powered aircraft concept, qualified to carry 279 passengers to San Francisco non-stop or Auckland with just one one-stop.
The FlyZero project predicts highly-efficient hydrogen-powered aircraft to have superior operating economics compared to traditional aircraft. The ATI states its concept plane would include cryogenic fuel tanks in the rear fuselage, able to store hydrogen at -250 degrees Celsius, while two smaller “cheek” tanks along the forward fuselage would maintain the aircraft balanced as fuel is utilized.
The ATI aims that passengers could one day fly anywhere in the world with no carbon emissions and just one stop onboard.
“At a time of global focus on tackling climate change our midsize concept sets out a truly revolutionary vision for the future of global air travel keeping families, businesses and nations connected without the carbon footprint. This new dawn for aviation brings with it real opportunities for the UK aerospace sector to secure market share, highly skilled jobs and inward investment while helping to meet the UK’s commitments to fight climate change,” said FlyZero project director Chris Gear.
The findings from the FlyZero project will be published in early 2022 along with three final aircraft concepts (regional, narrowbody and midsize), technology roadmaps, market and economic reports and a sustainability assessment.
With these insights on hand, the company aims to shape the future of global aviation and stand at the forefront of sustainable flight in design, manufacture, technology and skills.