US Patent No. 10,919,635

AERIAL VEHICLE


Patent No. 10,919,635
Issue Date February 16, 2021
Title Aerial Vehicle
Inventorship David Edgar, Leicestershire (GB)
Henri Winand, Leicestershire (GB)
Assignee Intelligent Energy Limited, Loughborough (GB)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,919,635

1. An unmanned aerial rotorcraft vehicle having a fuel cell system forming a portion of the aerial vehicle's support structure comprising:a plurality of propulsion modules affixed via load bearing struts to a body;each strut having a top surface and a bottom surface;a fuel cell having vertical bi-polar plates oriented from top to bottom surface of each strut;air inlets for each fuel cell provided at the top surface of each strut;wherein the air inlets are unblocked during flight; wherein each propulsion module is configured to provide air as an oxidant to a fuel cell via the air inlets and,wherein the fuel cells form a fuel cell stack which generates power and provides a structural load bearing component of the vehicle.