-by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay (France)
"For the first time in the history of aviation, Boeing has flown a manned airplane that was powered by a hydrogen battery.""We're Changing the direction of a greener future, one step at a time...
-Boeing chief Technology Officer John Tracy
Boeing flies History's First hydrogen-powered plane
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US aircraft giant Boeing claimed Thursday a world first in putting into the air a plane powered by a hydrogen-cell battery, a breakthrough that could herald a greener future for the industry.
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"The development was "a historical technological success for Boeing with full of promises for greener future," Tracy told news conference at firm's research centre in Spanish town of Ocana: Group of companies, universities & institutions participating in this project includes:
Austria -- Diamond Aircraft Industries
France -- SAFT France
Germany -- Gore and MT Propeller
Spain -- Adventia, Aerlyper, Air Liquide Spain, Indra, Ingeniería de Instrumentación y Control (IIC), Inventia, SENASA, Swagelok, Técnicas Aeronauticas de Madrid (TAM), Tecnobit, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and the Regional Government of Madrid
United Kingdom -- Intelligent Energy
United States -- UQM Technologies.
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