Africa’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft

UA Alpha is an advanced survey and reconnaissance unmanned aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells allowing it unsurpassed endurance for a fully electric aircraft.

  • 22hr endurance
  • 40kt cruise
  • 25kg payload
  • 8.2m wingspan
  • 75kg max weight
  • 14 000ft ceiling
  • 600+ km range
  • Long Range
  • Long Endurance
  • High Altitude
  • Stable and Ultra Low Vibration
  • Flexible Payload Configuration
  • Slow Flying
  • All-Weather Capable
  • Triple Redundancy
  • Completely Silent
  • Best-In-Class Subsystems
  • Affordable
  • Large Coverage
  • Optimised for Safety
  • Optimised for Reliability
  • Low Operating Costs
  • Unobtrusive
  • Low Infrastructure Requirement
  • Portable
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Easy to Operate
  • Low Maintenance
  • Contains No Liquid Chemicals
  • Toxicant Free
  • Zero Emission
  • Safe and Reliable

UA Alpha

UA Alpha is designed to drastically reduce operating costs allowing customers to fly new missions previously inaccessible. Alpha has been designed around the principles of ease-of-use, unquestionable reliability, and simplicity to maintain and operate.

Sensors & Payloads

For survey applications, Alpha is designed to carry advanced spectrometers which can automatically identify plants, animals, people, minerals and materials on the ground and in the ocean. These spectrometers can also detect surface temperatures, water content, pollution, soil quality, plant-stress and even plant-based diseases.

Alpha is also easily configured to carry a variety of other sensors including LiDAR and RADAR for mapping surfaces, such as road quality, vegetation growth, vegetation density and ground elevation.

For reconnaissance applications, FlyH2 has selected a highly capable gyro-stabilised gimbal. A variety of sensors can be mounted inside the gimbal including laser markers, laser range finders, infrared sensors and illuminators and high capability, high resolution low light camera sensors.

Flight Management System & Ground Control Station

Intuitive and straightforward to operate, its 3D graphical interface with context sensitivity provides for enhanced situational awareness and multi-vehicle mission, platform and payload management. A wide array of analysis tools including payload projections and overlays, intersection analyses, and coverage analyses extend mission functionality and effectivity.

Its flexible data framework supports customisation in algorithms and displays as well as import of a wide range of public or proprietary map, terrain and meta data. Global application is enabled through built-in internationalisation, STANAG-4586 interoperability and standards based information exchange.

UA Alpha is capable of millimetre accurate autonomous take-off and landing.

ParagonC2 is provided by S-PLANE Automation —

Data Link

Alpha’s standard data link allows for a 50km standard line-of-sight radius with advanced configurations allowing up to 200km line of sight data links. The system supports node relays that can be placed at 80km intervals along line features, such as borders, fences, roads, railway lines, coastlines, pipelines, rivers and mountain ranges allowing travel over distances up to 650km. Satellite communications are also available as on option both for low cost emergency telemetry or full scale satellite video feeds via the Inmarsat network.


UA Alpha is supplied with a hydrogen fuelling station. The station uses electrolysis to generate hydrogen and oxygen which is compressed into composite tanks. These tanks can then be stored or transported, or installed into the aircraft for immediate use. The advantages of this system is that your operations centre is full self sufficinet and no external fuels or oils are required to operate the aircraft.

Markets & Applications

  • Agriculture
  • Carbon Trading
  • Disaster Management
  • Environmental Survey
  • Fire
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Land Cover Analysis
  • Mapping
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Security
  • Wildlife Protection