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China to Develop Large Payload Cargo Drone

Engineers at Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology, a part of Beihang University in Beijing, are designing a drone that will be able to fly 1,500 kilometers carrying 1 metric ton of cargo.

They plan to finalize their design before year’s end and construct a prototype in 2019 for test flights scheduled to start in 2020. Mass production will begin if test flights are successful, and a drone-based delivery network is expected to take shape around 2025, said Zhang Shuo, chief designer at the Beihang technology company, in an exclusive interview with China Daily.

The yet to be named drone will be so big that if it were to carry people, it easily would hold nine passengers, according to the company.

Read More: UAV Vision

Meal Drone Delivery Service Starts In Shanghai

Ele.me, one of China’s leading online food delivery platforms, has been given the green light by authorities to operate in the country’s initial delivery routes for drones.

The 17 newly approved routes over an industrial zone in Shanghai will enable consumers there to receive online takeaway meal orders via drones within 20 minutes after confirming the delivery on their smartphones, according to Ele.me during an event in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Deliveries in the Shanghai Jinshan Industrial Park, which covers an area of about 58 square kilometres (22.4 square miles), are expected to benefit more than 100 food merchants doing business there, the company said.

Under the rules drawn up for this programme in Shanghai, drones will transport meals to and from two fixed locations within each route.

Read More: UAV Vision

Ehang Breaks Its Own Record For Most Drones Flown Simultaneously

BY MARCO MARGARITOFF

Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang just bested its Guinness World Record by piloting 1,374 drones simultaneously above the city of Xi’an on Tuesday.

Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang, which recently developed and successfully tested a passenger drone, just broke its own Guinness World Record for most drones flown simultaneously by piloting 1,374 UAVs above Xi’an’s city wall.

According to the South China Morning Post, this was a substantial increase from the company’s December record which saw 1,180 drones fly above Guangzhou, and its previous record of 1,000 drones flown above that same city in February of last year.

The company’s Egret drones reportedly flew 853 feet (260 meters) above the city wall, and presented an aerial display with a 3,937 foot (1,200 meters) length and 328 foot (100 meters) depth in the sky. The Ministry of Finance reportedly paid the company $1.6 million (10.5 million yuan) to perform this World Record-breaking stunt, with Ehang planning to publish an official statement about the event.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at Tuesday night’s aerial drone light show, courtesy of Beijing News, shall we?

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China Focus: Drones help ease China’s rural labor shortage

Source: Xinhua

NANCHANG, April 18 (Xinhua) — Drone piloting has become a new source of income for 41-year-old Xin Jianying, a villager in east China’s Jiangxi Province, who has only a primary school education.

During the season for spraying pesticides in rice paddy fields, Xin said many farmers from her village and surrounding areas have requested her services.

The rural cooperative at Shandi village arranged one month of training for residents. At the end of the training Xin outperformed her neighbors in a competition to select 12 drone pilots.

“Drone operation requires both good eyesight and sound hand-eye coordination,” said the mother of two boys, whose husband left the village as a migrant worker.

Each drone can carry 10 kg of pesticide and cover a hectare of rice paddies in half an hour, while a manual laborer would take five hours to complete the same amount of work.

Read More: xinhuanet

Drones give rural economy tech push

2018-03-12 China DailyEditor: Li Yan

“Rural deliveries in China aren’t easy,” said Yang Guoping, a village postman in Hanggai township, Anji county, East China’s Zhejiang province, since 1992.

He rises early, has a quick breakfast and pedals several hours from the post office in the town center to remote villages, bringing parcels, letters and newspapers.

His routes, many kilometers long, are mainly rugged and narrow mountain roads, linking every village like blood vessels. Yang often falls in the rain or snow.

One of his colleagues resigned last year, leaving Hanggai township-population: about 36,000-with just three village postmen.

As well as having complex terrain and underdeveloped infrastructure, rural China is often sparsely populated and Yang can reach remote villages just twice a week.

China Post was considering ways to improve rural deliveries when it discovered unmanned aerial vehicles could do the job. In April 2016, it began cooperating with drone maker Antwork.

Five months later, the startup based in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, developed a drone delivery operating system named JetGo, and soon deployed it in Hanggai.

Company founder Zhang Lei, who graduated from Beihang University with a major in flight vehicle design and engineering, said the most cost-efficient delivery is “nature’s path”-the air.

“The air is a path that requires no human effort.”

Read More: ECNS.CN