Gallery h-aero® 1
Gallery h-aero® 1
June 2018
Headquarters 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany

h-aero® - 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.

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

Key features

  • 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%.

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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