ASCEND supports H2Fly with a high-speed data link on the way to emission-free flying


Nuremberg, September 2020 – ASCEND supports H2FLY on the way to emission-free flying.

Electric, emission-free flying is an important step on the road to sustainable mobility. Choosing the right platform and a strong partner enables the successful implementation of innovative passenger aviation projects. H2Fly, therefore, relies on the network experts of ASCEND.

H2Fly sees itself as a link between research and industry. The company developed the aircraft “Hy4”. The term “Hy4” refers to the technology of a four-seater hydrogen fuel cell passenger aircraft. It is a hybrid with high-performance, long range PEM fuel cells and high-performance lithium batteries to help with start-up and altitude changes.

Electric flight with the HY4 is silent, environmentally friendly, has greater range and is safer. The safety requirements and reliability must meet very high standards.

ASCEND sends data to the ground via telemetry

In order to support H2Fly in the development and operation of the emission-free power train, the experts from ASCEND offer their network expertise.

To ensure that the data from the Hy4 is reliably transmitted to the ground station, ASCEND relies on the Peplink Multi-WAN Router MAX HD4 and the Peplink Multi-WAN Router Balance 380.

The router on the aircraft and the router in the ground station connect to a VPN hub in the ASCEND data center via multiple LTE connections. This allows the aircraft to reliably send telemetry data to the ground during flight with fluctuating bandwidths and via multiple mobile operators.

In addition, the Peplink MAX HD4 supports tracking using GPS. Thus, the position of the aircraft prototype can be displayed in real time on a map.

ASCEND connects

This activity clearly shows the versatility of ASCEND. Whether in airplanes, construction sites, hotels, events of any size or even cities and municipalities; the ideal IT solutions from ASCEND bring people together everywhere.