Unmanned chopper startup Hover Wing bags angel funds to foster adoption

With a maximum take-off mass of 600kg, HW600 has proven to be operational even at an altitude of 5,100m and above, the company says on its website.

Hover Wing (航翊科技), a startup making unmanned helicopters, has announced the completion of an angel round of funding worth tens of millions of yuan, Chinese tech media outlet 36Kr reported today.

The round of investment was led by Cowin Capital, with participation from SEE Fund.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to improve R&D efforts, facilitate applications and bolster production capacity.

Founded in September 2022 in Beijing, Hover Wing is dedicated to the development and manufacturing of autonomous heavy-duty helicopters.

The company has independently developed flight control system, electro-optical pod, distant data chain and machine vision, among other core technologies.

It looks to supply clients with professionally built unmanned choppers, to be applied in a variety of scenarios, such as aerial delivery of emergency supplies, construction of telecom networks during emergencies and targeted firefighting.

Its flagship and only helicopter product, HW600, is a tandem chopper with a large load capacity.

HW600 features a lift of 6,500m and a three-degree redundant structure.

It flies up to 150 kph and can remain airborne for one to eight hours, depending on the load it carries.

For instance, when it is loaded to capacity, at 210kg, its flight endurance is one hour, and would rise to three hours and a half when the load is reduced to 150kg.

With a maximum take-off mass of 600kg, HW600 has proven to be operational even at an altitude of 5,100m and above, the company says on its website.

Aside from these specs, the unmanned chopper also stands out for its ability to withstand the interference of satellite signals.

Equipped with lidars, the aircraft is able to navigate its immediate surroundings, capable of detecting and avoiding obstacles as well as immune to the interference from lighting or dust.

These attributes allow it to fly risk-free under all weathers and regardless of complex environments, Hover Wing says.

China has a number of companies specializing in large-capacity unmanned helicopters, including FlightWin (航景创新) and United Aircraft (联合飞机), that have rolled out models for a number of industrial applications.

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