At the world’s largest (virtual) event for unmanned and autonomous systems, you’ll find your momentum, that something extra that gives you a competitive edge – your X factor.

Only AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 allows you to discover groundbreaking innovation, immerse yourself in new ideas, gain new perspectives and experience everything you need to elevate your business from the comfort of your own home.
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From energy to transportation and construction to defense, join the unmanned systems community including users, technologists and policymakers to collaborate on ideas, share lessons learned and build new partnerships. SEE WHO ATTENDS
Explore today’s proven capabilities and tomorrow’s advancements through virtual exhibits, community Q&A, and roundtable discussions with hundreds of manufacturers and service providers. SEE WHO'S EXHIBITING
Get practical solutions and easily implementable ideas you can put into action right away through live-streamed and on-demand educational sessions covering the industry’s most pressing topics.

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The Exhibitor Console is your XPONENTIAL hub for all the information you need to know – from deadlines to promotional items - in one convenient location.

Important Dates and Information

Virtual Platform Launch

Note: only registered attendees can access the virtual platform and virtual booth. 

September 28, 2020

Virtual Platform Coffee Talk

  • Zoom Link 
  • Meeting ID: 865 9877 2303
  • Passcode: 447699
  • Phone: +1 301 715 8592

October 1, 2020

1:00pm EST

XPONENTIAL 2021 Rebook

Rebook will take place during XPONENTIAL 2020. You will receive an email by Thursday, October 5 with your rebook time. This will be the time that you can log into the system and select your physical booth location for XPONENTIAL 2021 scheduled for Atlanta May 3-6.

October 7-8, 2020

Use our Promotional Toolkit to share your participation at XPONENTIAL and give your customers a discounted registration with code EXHOFFXPO20!

Operational Case Study: Fuel Cell Powered Drone

  • Session Number:2056
Wednesday, October 07, 2020: 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM


Session Speaker
Jim Sisco
Principal Engineer
Ballard Unmanned Systems, Inc.


Fuel cell-powered multi-rotors provide 3x flight time (90 minutes or more) over comparable platforms powered by lithium batteries and are seeing widespread interest within the commercial drone industry. In support of the growing curiosity, the fuel cell community has focused on educating potential users on fuel cell performance capability, operational benefits, required ground support equipment, and safety considerations. Additionally, a number of fuel cell manufacturers have demonstrated fuel cell power system endurance capability in representative multi-rotor aircraft operated in well-controlled environments. A challenge that the fuel cell community has faced up to this point has been that of providing practical operational and financial data showing how the increased flight time provided by fuel cell-powered drones may impact a user’s bottom line. How does a fuel cell drone improve operational efficiency? How much does it reduce operational cost/labor? How does it improve the coverage area/range? This paper and presentation offer a case study on the use of a fuel cell-powered drone for an inspection application to answer these questions. The platform used in the study is a hex rotor, powered by a 1.2 kW liquid-cooled, hydrogen fuel cell, with a maximum gross takeoff weight of 15 kg and a maximum payload capacity of 1.5 kg. The case study describes the operation of the system in detail to provide potential users with a thorough understanding of standard procedures as well as the needed support equipment, included ground-based hydrogen flight tank fueling. The operation of the system in the context of a well-known inspection mission is also described and used to demonstrate the capability improvement that the system may provide. A cost-benefit analysis, relative to a battery-powered system performing the same mission, is presented to quantify the value proposition of a fuel cell-powered drone. The results of the study show that a 40% reduction in labor cost is possible with a switch from batteries to fuel cells.

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