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Solar-powered helium Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for versatile monitoring activities

H-aero™ combines concepts from helicopters, planes and balloons for a solution that is safer, offers superior flight endurance, and can carry a larger relative load than conventional drones.

The high-tech materials - fiber composites, canvas and high-density foils -coupled with solar cells allow the flight system to complete 24h autonomous missions with a payload of up to 3kg, making it suitable for a wide range of applications that include earth observation for resource exploration, top-station or close-up inspections of hydropower plants or tunnels, or for internet and communication relay purposes. H-aero™ has much lower operating costs that comparable systems used today for these applications, with a vastly reduced environmental footprint.

Key features for a positive impact on quality of life

  • Safer than other UAVs and able to fly directly above crowds
  • High-density foil means there are very low helium refill needs (1.25-2.5% of total capacity to be replaced annually, depending on model/size of H-aero).
  • Silent, easily transported, accessible and controllable over WiFI or cellular networks.


  • Higher payload per structural weight due to hybrid lift and ultra-lightweight construction.
  • Considerable savings in flight and/or human operating costs, according to the application.
  • Savings for inspection of a conservative 5km reference tunnel is estimated to be around 37%.

H-aero®, enabling Exploration, Communication and Observation.


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Hybrid-Airplane Technologies GmbH

76530 Baden-Baden, Germany

Activity regions
Singapore, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands,

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Solutions helps to achieve these SDG's.

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  • Affordable and clean energy

  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure

  • Sustainable cities and communities

  • Responsible consumption and production

Maturity stage

Looking for

Customers, partners and investors to back up production, marketing, sales and scaling to 10kg payload.

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