The largest courier company from China is starting to use unmanned cornmen for the transportation of goods
Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles - a promising vehicle for courier companies. UAVs can be very different, and the Chinese company SF Express has proven this by starting to operate Feihong 98 devices. They are based on the multipurpose Y-5B biplane, which, in turn, is based on the Soviet An-? that is, the corncob.
So far, biplanes of this kind are work only as test transporters. If the pilot projects prove to be good, they will be put into mass operation, although not before 2023.
Specialists from the Chinese Academy of Aerospace Electronic Technology have developed the Chinese drone. According to experts, drones of a new type can be used not only for the delivery of goods, but also for medical transportation, as well as for search and rescue operations.
A positive point in the operation of the Feihong 98 is that they do not need a special high-class runway. And for acceleration, the drone has enough lanes of just 150 meters. Various systems of remote control and autopilot are installed on the aircraft, in addition, the device has its own computing system, which makes it easier both to take off and to land.
The maximum take-off weight of the system is 5.3 tons, it is capable of carrying loads weighing up to 1.5 tons with a volume of no more than 15 cubic meters. The ceiling height for the Chinese biplane is 4.5 thousand meters. And the distance to which he is able to deliver cargo is 1.2 thousand kilometers.
It is worth noting that the multi-purpose "maize" model Y-5 are produced in China under license, since 1968. The design is similar to the base, that is, the An-? changed only the location of the tanks.
Up to this point, the Chinese AT2000 was also considered to be the largest drone of a transport destination. His first flight tests took place in October last year. The device is made on the basis of the New Zealand aircraft PAC-750 XSTOL. Its maximum take-off weight is 3.4 tons. It can transport cargoes of 1.5 tons. The AT200 reaches speeds of up to 313 kilometers per hour, with flights over a distance of up to 2.2 thousand kilometers.
Perhaps in the near future, other courier companies will use modified aircraft to deliver goods in automatic mode. So, the American company Dorsal Aircraft plans to modify the C-130H Hercules transport aircraft so that it can transport regular-sized shipping containers.
Hercules is much more “corn duster”, such a drone looks very impressive
Projects of this kind help obsolete aircraft to avoid write-offs and continue their “career” in another field, where they can work until physical deterioration.
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