Phil Robinson

Vice President of Unmanned Systems

Phil Robinson, Vice President of Unmanned Systems for Ballard Power Systems’ Protonex subsidiary, and is responsible for UAV power systems and commercial applications. He joined Protonex in 2005 to head the fuel cell company’s engineering department, and was involved in the earliest UAV power systems, developed for US Air Force and US Navy hand-launch UAV programs.

Phil is also active in UAV standards efforts; serving as Technical Lead for the ASTM F38.01 workgroup WK60937, Fuel Cells for Use in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and as a charter member of the SAE E-39 Unmanned Aircraft Propulsion Committee – where he leads activities regarding fuel cell and hybrid battery propulsion systems. Phil has spoken at numerous conferences and events, on topics ranging from the technical aspects of hybrid systems to U.S. Government policies on innovation and acquisitions.

Recent Posts

Oct. 31, 2019

Hydrogen Powered Drones—Are They Ready to Deliver Your Packages?

Many people, and companies, feel that the future of package delivery includes flying drones. Drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), are poised to reduce delivery...


Aug. 9, 2018

Fuel Cell Drones: Giving Battery Drones A Run For The Money

Most people have heard of hydrogen powered cars. Many are aware of hydrogen buses, trucks, and trains.

They also know that a big driver behind the growing popularity of...