Shenzhen has been at the forefront of the nation in applying drones to reshape sections of its economy. Meituan UAS and SF Express UAS are among the most notable pioneers in commercializing drone technologies.
Chinese legislators have been agitating for stricter management of drones, as they multiplied in numbers over the past few years.
It's customary for Chinese officials to craft policies and plans in which they put forward clear-cut objectives to meet within a timeframe.
The release of the map represents the latest in a series of strides by the province in opening up its airspace for new market opportunities, local media reported.
Instead of spraying fertilizer and pesticide from tanks carried on their backs, exposing them to health hazards, farmers in Hunan have learned to fly drones to survey crops and sprinkle chemicals.
What sets this drone apart from similar devices, or conventional eVTOL aircraft, is that it has a lift of 5,500 m, can operate in temperature as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius and withstand gales on a Beaufort scale of seven.
During the drill, the aircraft was repurposed into an aerial base station to keep the telecom network running, ensuring prolonged and stable signal coverage where ground telecom infrastructure might have failed to work.
The city enjoys a head start in industrial UAV technologies and vows to build itself into China's No.1 hub of industrial drone.
Specifically, it will take steps to realize intra-city smart logistics, cargo transportation between urban and rural areas, and inter-city "half-day arrival" -- meaning order fulfilment within half a day, instead of the mainstream "same-day arrival."
According to a post on Meituan's official WeChat account, the takeoff and landing process drew a large crowd of curious onlookers, who expressed admiration at the fact that drone-led delivery has become a reality.
Technicians from China Unicom used the drone as a node of communication to realize broadband connection with ground signal receivers that are several thousand meters away.
Company representatives behind the combat drone told media at the conference that this UAV is a high-speed attack drone and can become part of the combat gear of a single soldier.
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