Boeing tests hydrogen-powered plane
US aerospace group Boeing has tested the first manned hydrogen-battery powered plane in aviation history.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology was used to power a two-seater Dimona motor-glider which took off from an airfield in Spain.
The technology has zero carbon emission, producing only water as a by-product.
The plane was built by Diamond Aircraft Industries, of Austria, and modified by Boeing engineers to include a fuel cell and lithium-ion battery power system.
The project was the result of pan-European between Boeing and partners in Austria, France, Germany, Spain and the UK.
John Tracy, Boeing̵7;s chief technology officer, said the flight was a first in the history of aviation. ̶0;Boeing recognises that pollution represents a serious environmental challenge,̶1; he added.
Image: the Dimona motor-glider takes to the air in Spain