Quaternium, the first company on the market to develop hybrid drones, made history again with an impressive hovering flight of 10 hours and 14 minutes with their world-leading fuel/electric multirotor HYBRiX 2.1. The record-breaking drone flight started at 8:20 am and landed at 6:34 pm with 16 liters of fuel and fully charged batteries. The drone was able to beat its previous record of eight hours and 10 minutes set back in February of this year.
Several enhancements were made on HYBRiX to achieve this milestone, but the most exciting was partnering with EFI company Löweheiser, which has designed the fuel injector optimized specifically for unmanned aircraft. The EFI system is one of the smallest and most efficient options on the market today, with a total weight of just 40 grams.
HYBRiX 2.1 drone weighs 13 kg and can carry a maximum payload of 10 kg. It has a cruising speed of 31 mph (50 km/h) and a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h).
HYBRiX technology overcomes the main limitation of multirotor drones, which is limited flight time. The addition of the Löweheiser’s electronic fuel-injection system to the drone’s 2-stroke engine has increased the flight time and the reliability of this hybrid drone. It was also able to adapt easily to any variation in weather conditions.
Besides, thanks to the reduced size of this state-of-the-art fuel injection, it was possible to integrate it into the aircraft built specifically for registration without losing performance. During the 10-hour mission, the Löweheiser team monitored engine parameters at all times, providing HYBRiX operators with essential data to optimize engine performance, making this new world record possible.