The world’s largest unmanned transport drone has completed its first successful test flight in China.
The Feihong-98 (FH-98) can carry a payload of up to 1.5 tonnes, a number which equates to around 19 people.
According to state-run China Daily the FH-98, which has been developed and modified by the China Academy of Aerospace Electronics Technology, made its successful flight at Baotou test site in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Tuesday.
The UAV is a design adaption from the prototype of the Shifei Y5B, China’s first fully domestically-built transport aircraft which conducted its first flight in 1957.
The report went on to detail how the drone has a maximum take-off weight of 5.25 tonnes, a maximum capacity of 1.5 tonnes and a flight height of 4,500 metres.
In terms of travel, it has a cruising speed of around 110mph and a maximum flight range of 745 miles.
Last week, CDP published its exclusive interview with co-founder of UK-based Skyports who thinks the UK could see passenger drones sooner than expected.
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