Phantom Eye is a liquid hydrogen-fueled, high-altitude and long-endurance unmanned aircraft system for persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and communications missions. The demonstrator aircraft is capable of maintaining its altitude for up to four days while carrying a 450-pound payload. Typical payloads include multiple sensor packages for monitoring, tracking and communications. A full size Phantom Eye variant is designed to stay aloft for up to ten days and carry a payload of 2,000 pounds.
The Phantom Eye uses two modified liquid-hydrogen Ford 2.3-liter engines, which only emit water, a reduction gearbox and a four-blade propeller.
Boeing designed the Phantom Eye to operate around the clock for several days at a time at 65,000 feet (19,800 meters).
The Phantom Eye is capable of carrying up to 450 pounds (204 kilograms) of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance or communications equipment.
The Phantom Eye has a lightweight structure and takes off from a cart, both of which reduce fuel consumption.
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