Infinity’s hydrogen fuel cell to launch aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard; first fuel cell to launch into space aboard a commercial space vehicle
Blue Origin’s New Shepard will soon launch an unmanned mission that will contain one of Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen’s advanced non-flow through (NFT) hydrogen fuel cell technology.
This will make it the first fuel cell to launch into space aboard a commercial space vehicle, the company has said.
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The hydrogen fuel cell is expected to launch within the New Shepard class vehicle in 2022 with the launch set to demonstrate the capability of its advanced, non-flow-thru proton exchange membrane (NFT-PEM) fuel cell technology.
The system is comprised of an NFT proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack and passive NFT balance-of-plant (BoP) technology.
The PEM stack converts hydrogen and oxygen to electrical power, water, and waste heat
The main reason behind this mission is to showcase how adaptable the fuel cell technology is and how it can survive the rigors of launch and operate in a weightless environment.
It is expected that this launch will also mark the first space flight of a fuel cell since the retirement of the NASA Shuttle Orbiter and the first space flight of an NFT-PEM fuel cell since the Gemini programme.
William Smith, Founder and CEO of Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, said, “Fuel cells powered Gemini, Apollo and the Space Shuttle.
“The upcoming flight aboard New Shepard marks the return of fuel cell technology to space and is an important step forward in restoring fuel cell power capability to NASA’s toolbox for space power solutions.”
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Hydrogen has been at the forefront of space travel since the first Moon mission in 1969. Fast-forward to the present day, it is somewhat fitting that hydrogen is now beckoning the next milestone in space travel – commercially lifting people to the stars as early as 2024.
US-based space corporation Space Perspective is embarking on its mission to bring commercial space travel to people that can afford the life changing experience. Space Perspective’s ‘Neptune One’ allows up to eight passengers to travel 100,000ft up to space in a state-of-the-art, hydrogen-filled balloon the size of a football stadium for $125,000.
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