Hydrogen is one of the more promising fuels for green aviation. Its principal byproduct from combustion is water.
Historically, Lockheed's famed Skunk Works produced the hydrogen powered CL-400 "Suntan" in the 1960's - Cold War challenges emerged and at the time, hydrogen did not proceed as a fuel source for aircraft.
Enter the 21st century - we have among others Germany's H2FLY commercial demonstrator; Zero Avia's Hollister, CA transport; Universal Hydrogen, Los Angeles, CA's efforts to bring hydrogen fuel to the commercial aircraft industry.
Changing fuels from Jet-A to hydrogen has many challenges in storage, and use, plus the infrastructure needed. This talk will be a high level summary of hydrogen for aviation including potential designs and use cases for hydrogen aviation.
- Why Hydrogen, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using it for fuel
- Ways of storing it on an aircraft
- Converting hydrogen to thrust
- Aircraft types / sizes – hydrogen systems
- What would a hydrogen powered airplane look like
Mike has been in aerospace since 1987 working in composites with APCT of Huntington Beach and thereafter co-founding FoamMatrix inc. in 1999 where the company developed and certified unique, out of autoclave, integrated composites for commercial aircraft, UAV and spacecraft. In 2018, Michael founded NOVAdev, with the goal of creating Earth Friendly Flight. Mike has been a long-time leader and supporter of the Orange County Chapter of SAMPE and the SAMPE organization internationally.
Michael has a unique combination of skill sets in business development, start-ups, program management, and engineering. Innovative solutions to technology introduction.
B.S. Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics University of Illinois