Our mission is to provide useful information to our customers through the dispatch of long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles at affordable prices.
There are many types and sizes of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which are also known as drones. Types of vehicles include quad copters, small hand thrown fixed-wing planes, medium sized vehicles that can be catapult launched or take off from short run ways or very large vehicles that can fly around the world conducting recognizance missions and launching missiles.
One of the main challenges for UAV operators is flight duration. Typical UAVs use batteries or internal combustion engines for propulsion. Batteries are extremely heavy for driving propellers with electric motors, and internal combustion engines are very inefficient at converting aviation fuels to drive propellers mechanically thus limiting flight duration.
A more efficient propulsion system is one that uses hydrogen fuel that is light weight and an energy efficient fuel cell to convert the hydrogen into electricity to drive the electric motors. NEOEx Systems was founded to provide UAV data collection services for customers using a UAV platform powered by fuel cells and liquid hydrogen. Using the liquid hydrogen as a fuel is unique and will extend the duration up to 72 hours of continuous operation without refueling.
NEOEx is already under contract to develop and demonstrate a gaseous hydrogen fueled prototype of this platform this year for the National Weather Service under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I activity with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The SBIR Phase II effort will be to fly with liquid hydrogen.