Chinese Companies Developing Drones that Can Carry a Ton of Cargo

Published by , June 4, 2018 12:11 pm

(SouthChinaMorningPost) Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is developing drones that will be able to carry cargo weighing from one metric tonne to 1.5 tonnes, the equivalent of a sports car. The delivery drone, which is 11.9 metres long with a wingspan of 19.6 metres, will be able to fly a distance of 1,500 kilometres with cargo weighing one tonne, or 1,000 kilometres carrying 1.2 tonnes, the company said, adding that it could reach a top speed of 400 kilometres per hour.
Drone makers such as Beihang UAS are tapping into the growing interest from couriers and on-demand service providers to use drones to deliver goods and services. China’s parcel delivery industry is expected to grow by between 25 and 30 per cent in coming years, according to Huachuang Securities.