Zipline Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Drone Delivery

As the demand for BLOS services expands to cover larger distant areas, there rises a need for a lighter-weight power unit that can offer higher speed and longer range. Alane-powered drone aircraft offer a transformative solution, ensuring unmatched performance, reliability and safety.


Project: Develop an Alane fuel cell power system to replace current battery technology

The project has reached a significant milestone with the completion of preliminary engineering work on a Alane fuel cell power system. However, progress now hinges on the implementation of a production plant to scale volume and lower the price of Alane fuel, ensuring profitable and sustainable operation for Zipline’s drone delivery services.

Alane fuel cell power

• To service larger area need power unit that provides higher speed and longer range due to fixed delivery time of medical goods

• Alane fuel cell power system to replace Zipline battery is 0.3Kg lighter and extends range 3.0X and/or by reducing range factor some, can increase speed

• Project status: Preliminary engineering complete, awaiting implementation of Production Plant scale volume/low priced Alane fuel for profitable operation

Zipline has emerged as a leader in the realm of drone delivery, boasting highly successful capabilities for Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) operations. However, as the demand for their services expands to cover larger areas, there arises a need for a power unit that can offer higher speed and longer range to accommodate the fixed delivery times.

Alane fuel cell power

Recognizing this challenge, Zipline has embarked on a project to develop an Alane fuel cell power system to replace their current battery technology. This innovative system not only reduces weight by 0.3 kilograms but also extends the range by a staggering 3.0 times. Moreover, by adjusting the range factor, Zipline has the potential to further increase speed without sacrificing range.

Alane fuel cell power

Integrating Alane fuel cell technology into drone delivery aircraft unlocks a host of benefits:

  • Extended Range: Alane power systems offer a substantial increase in range compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries. This extended range allows drones to cover larger distances without the need for frequent recharging, enabling them to reach even the most remote and inaccessible areas with essential supplies.
  • Higher Speed: In addition to longer range, Alane power systems can also provide higher speed capabilities. This increased speed translates to quicker delivery times, even across vast distances.
Alane fuel cell power
  • Enhanced Safety: Alane fuel cell technology offers a safer alternative to traditional lithium-ion batteries. With non-flammable fuel and lightweight components, Alane power systems reduce the risk of accidents and ensure the safety of both the drone and its payload during flight operations.
  • Improved Reliability: Alane power systems are known for their reliability and efficiency. By minimizing the need for frequent recharging and reducing the risk of power-related failures, ensure uninterrupted and reliable delivery operations, even in challenging BLOS conditions.