ESAero and Intelligent Energy Sign USA Distributor Agreement

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), a renowned leader in electric aircraft technologies, and Intelligent Energy Limited (IE), a prominent manufacturer of lightweight hydrogen fuel cells for flight, have formed a distributor agreement. Under this agreement, ESAero will represent IE’s SOAR fuel cell product line on fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) applications in the United States.

ESAero specializes in producing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) platforms for commercial and military purposes. With their expertise in designing and manufacturing innovative, efficient, and sustainable electric aircraft technologies, ESAero has established itself as a leader in the field. Their AS9100-certified manufacturing capabilities and extensive experience in Group I through Group III design and integration make them the ideal partner to advance the use of IE’s SOAR and future FLIGHT product lines. Leveraging ESAero’s strong presence in the U.S. market, the integration of IE’s fuel cells into customer products is expected to be expedited.

Intelligent Energy (IE) develops and manufactures hydrogen fuel cell products in the United Kingdom. The IE-SOAR line offers clean power ranging from 800W to 24kW for aerial applications. This fuel cell line includes retrofit kits that can be integrated into existing UAS products, enhancing mission performance by increasing endurance. The IE-SOAR technology provides a solution to the limited flight times associated with current battery technologies, offering greater flexibility.

ESAero collaborated with IE in 2021, conducting tests, validations, and integrations of IE-SOAR products in VTOL and fixed-wing small and medium UAS, including ESAero’s own Group I FAST, a swarming UAS system.

ESAero is thrilled about this partnership and will directly sell IE’s fuel cells to customers in the U.S. Additionally, they will provide engineering and design support for the integration of fuel cells and electric propulsion systems. Andrew Gibson, President & CEO of ESAero, emphasizes that IE-SOAR products elevate their offerings and those of their customers. By significantly increasing the endurance of existing battery-powered UAS in a clean and sustainable manner, ESAero remains committed to bringing the best, most efficient, and cleanest UAS and AAM capabilities to the aerospace industry.

Andy Kelly, Head of IE-SOAR Product Line, states, “In 2021, we identified ESAero as an ideal partner to represent our IE-SOAR products in North America. ESAero’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities perfectly complement the integration of our products. We are delighted to announce this distribution partnership and look forward to the North American market further realizing the benefits of our technology.”

ESAero will showcase the IE-SOAR Product line and Group II UAS Integration at AUVSI “Xponential” 2023 in Denver, CO, and at Global SOF “SOFWeek” in Tampa, FL, during the week of May 8th, 2023.

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