The AeroDelft team comprises 50 students of 17 different nationalities, committed to proving and promoting liquid hydrogen as an alternative to conventional aviation fuels. Sam Rutten, who managed the prototype production, says the team is proud of what it has achieved to date: “Now that we have an actual plane, the team’s motivation is rekindled and everyone is ready for the challenges to come,” he says.
Internal components to power the propeller will now be installed, including the hydrogen tank, fuel cell and motor. In the spring, the team aims to perform the first battery electric flight with the prototype. In the summer, the first flight on gaseous hydrogen is planned, followed by the maiden flight on liquid hydrogen in the Fall.