China Is Developing Drones Capable of Months-long Flight: Expert
Oct 24, 2016
- Scientists and engineers in China are developing solar-powered drones capable of staying airborne for at least a month, a senior designer has revealed. Last week, the team flew a giant solar-powered drone for the first time at an airport in northwestern China. The 14-meter-long drone has a 45-meter wingspan, “longer than a Boeing 737,” and can carry a payload of up to 20 kilograms, Shi was quoted as saying. “We plan to make one that can stay in the air for five years. Our next-generation drones will have a 60- to 70-meter wingspan and will be able to carry a payload of at least 50 kg,” Shi said.
Chinese Drones Continue to Dominate the Global Market
Oct 23, 2016
- The rapid growth of China’s drone industry has driven small start-ups to lead the production, sales and technological innovation of consumer drones in the global market, according to industry leaders on Thursday, Oct. 20. DJI, a company based in Shenzhen was cited as one of the fast-growing firm in the Chinese drone industry and a leading player in the global market. Wang said that DJI was once a small startup that has now grown to become one of the world’s largest consumer drone producers, whose global sales reached 6 billion yuan ($890 million) in 2015, with nearly 80 percent of the sales coming from overseas markets.
Tencent to debut live-streaming WeChat drone at end of month
- Tencent, the Chinese tech giant that owns League of Legends, Supercell Games and WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China, announced on Friday that it will release a consumer quadcopter by the end of October. The Ying drone will cost $300 and offer the option to capture 4K video with the onboard storage or livestream it through a WeChat conversation in 720p resolution. It’s tiny, weighing less than a pound and able to fit easily in a backpack. Tencent reportedly teamed up with Qualcomm and Chinese drone manufacturer Zerotech to produce the Ying.
China deploys drones in holiday traffic patrols
- China’s traffic cops are using drones and video to patrol the country’s roads during the weeklong national holiday that started on Saturday. The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that 214,000 officers were on the roads on Saturday. They dealt with 55,000 cases of speeding, 1,100 cases of drink driving and 3,100 cases of illegally occupying emergency lanes, the statement said.
Iraq using its China-made CH-4B Armed Aerial Drones to Deadly Effect against ISIS
Jul 29, 2016
- The Iraqi Army has proudly posted video after video on YouTube showing its small fleet of CH-4B aerial drones made in China destroying vehicles, fighters and buildings belonging to the murderous Islamic terrorists called ISIS. Iraq is the leading combat operator of these drones armed with Chinese-made, precision strike AR-1 missiles and FT-5 precision guided bombs. A CH-4B (Cai Hong-4B) can mount up to six 45 kg AR-1 semi-active laser-guided missiles. The missile is 1.45 m in length and has an effective range of 8 km. It is very accurate, with a CEP (circular error probability) of just 1.5 meters. It can penetrate 1,000 mm of armor and targets buried 1,200 mm into the ground.
Drones for agricultural use taking off in China
25 July, 2016
- The burgeoning new market for drones in the agricultural industry – a sector actively encouraged by the Chinese government, unlike the more contentious consumer drones – is attracting first movers to all facets of the value chain, from design and manufacturing to pilot training and leasing. The market for plantation unmanned aerial services in China is worth 30 billion yuan per annum with the government pushing to increase standardisation and automation in the agricultural sector, Guotai Junan Securities said in a report. A quarter of some 400-strong drone manufacturers in China are making them for agricultural use, according to various industry estimates.
Soar Eagle! China’s Coolest Looking Drone Enters Production
July 15, 2016
- The Xianglong “Soar Dragon” UAV, one of the more distinct looking drones in the world, is now in serial production. Built by the Guizhou Aircraft Corporation, is one of China’s largest UAVs. Its unique “closed” tandem wings (giving it a diamond shape when viewed from above or below) are not just for show. They increase its flight endurance and high altitude performance by reducing wingtip drag. A July 2016 picture showing a JL-9 trainer jet at GAC assembly plant had three Xianglong UAVs in the background, in various states of completion. The Xianglong gives China a large UAV capability in the category of the US made RQ-4 Global Hawk. Surpassed only in size by the Divine Eagle double bodied UAV, it is about twelve meters in length, with a twenty meter wingspan and a 10-12 ton maximum takeoff weight (measurements are all approximations). The operational Xianglong is likely to be used for maritime surveillance of foreign bases and warships, as part of the anti-access/area denial kill chain. Its long flight time and large sensor payload, in particular, could allow it to follow aircraft carriers, while vacuuming up a wealth of data, for extended periods of time.
China’s Armed Robot Helicopter Takes Flight
July 11, 2016
- Armed unmanned aerial systems (more commonly known as “drones” have gained worldwide attention for their use on battlefield that range from Afghanistan to Syria, with China’s CH-3 and CH-4 joining the fight in locales like Iraq and Nigeria. But these drones have been built around a winged airplane design, requiring a substantial logistical footprint, including a lengthy runway, to operate from. They also can fly above targets, but can’t perch and stare or enter real or urban canyons. Enter helicopter drones, an area where the field is headed, including in China. In June 2016, an unmanned V-750 helicopter UAV successfully fired anti-tank missiles at targets. Jointly developed by Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co.Ltd., Qingdao Haili Helicopters Manufacturing Co. Ltd and certified by Chinese aviation authorities in 2014, the 750kg V-750 drone is used by both civilian and military users. In its current configuration, the armed version of the V-750 can carry at least two 50kg anti-tank missiles, such as the HJ-9 and HJ-10, or rocket pods, and has a range of 500 kilometers.
Why China’s DJI Is Being Hailed as the ‘Apple of Drones’
Jul 07, 2016
- From a small apartment in Shenzhen manned by only three people, Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) has soared to brand new heights. Now, the company boasts three factories, a China-based corporate head office, overseas branches and the bragging rights to be called “the Apple of drones.” According to a report published by the Los Angeles Times, DJI now accounts for 70 percent of the consumer drone market.
Korea, China, Japan to bolster drone cooperation
- Drone associations from Korea, China and Japan signed an agreement for the collaborative development of the drone industry during the 2016 Shenzhen International UAV Expo at the Shenzhen Convention Center in China on June 18. One hundred participants representing the industry and drone associations, including the Korea Drone Industry Promotion Association, China Drone Industry Alliance and the Japan UAS (unmanned air system) Industrial Development Association, agreed to standardize drone parts and technologies to develop the drone industry.
Chinese Company Begins Offering Drone Deliveries To Rural Areas
June 8, 2016
- All signs point to drone delivery taking off first in rural areas, and according to China’s state-owned news service Xinhua, Chinese online retailer JD.com is using drones for delivery. The drones carry up to 33 pounds of cargo, over a distance of 12 miles, and at a top speed of 33 mph (24 mph in moderate rain or wind), according to JD.com’s vice president, Xiao Jun, who also said the flights each cost less than a dime. The drones are currently only used in Jiangsu Province, which is mostly low-lying coastal plains sometimes crossed with canals. That’s a fairly ideal environment for drones, and a fairly difficult one for cars and trucks.
Chinese Drones Make Key Breakthrough, Firing On Command By Satellite
June 8, 2016
- Chinese drones such as the CH-3 and CH-4 have become a key part of the proliferation of the technology, joining China’s air force as well as being sold to a wide range of foreign partners, from Myanmar to Saudi Arabia. They have even recently used in battlefields that range from Nigeria to Iraq. However, some have argued that the significance of these systems is overblown, as unlike their satellite link-equipped American counterparts, Chinese-made armed drones could not truly conduct what is known as a “remote split operation.” In these operations, the ground controllers are located at great distances from the drone, linked by satellite. Up to this point, Chinese-made drones relied on direct line-of-sight communications with their ground control station, which dramatically limits their range to within a few hundred kilometers of their base.