Phoenix Wings (丰翼无人机), a commercial UAV affiliate of SF Express (顺丰速运), claimed today that it now handles an average 6,000 orders a day in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
The company announced via an official WeChat post that its drones have been applied in a full array of terrains and scenarios.
For instance, the firm’s drone fleet has been put to the test in terrains like high plains, mountainous areas, city downtown and lakes.
To better serve customer needs in Shenzhen, a key node in the Greater Bay Area, Phoenix Wings has weaved an aerial logistics network between the city’s Bao’an and Longhua districts.
From now on, the drone operator’s scope of service will extend to express delivery, emergency aid, medical supply transportation and cold chain logistics.
Phoenix Wings even pledged to cut the time for inter-city logistics in the region to “a few hours.”
The drone model currently tasked with mass delivery is Ark 40, a medium-sized octocopter with a load capacity of 12kg and a range of 20km.
Its dimension is 2,500mm (L) * 2,500mm (W) * 600mm (H).
With a maximum take-off mass (MTOM) of 37kg, Ark 40 cruises at 15m per second. It has a lift of 5km, can withstand gales on a Beaufort scale of seven and is tolerant of temperatures between minus 20 and 45 degrees Celsius.
SF Express has been among a host of players actively exploring what is known as low-altitude aerial economy in Shenzhen. They mostly start with drone-led delivery, with Meituan UAS (美团无人机) taking the lead.