One of China’s largest agricultural drone corporations and Airbus are pairing up to launch aerial delivery trials.
XAG declared the pilot initiative last week on the heels of a joint agreement signed by the two firms in July at the World Economic Discussion board.
During the trial project, drones will carry food deliveries from a noodle shop to select clients in Guangzhou via the Drone Cargo WeChat app.
The maiden voyage noticed one of XAG’s plant-protection drones, the P30, ship a meal on a pre-determined, one-mile route to a rooftop landing pad in under 5 minutes.
With a take-off weight under 55 pounds and a load of up to nine pounds, the P30 flies at an altitude of below 400 ft at speeds as much as 27 mph.
The first buyer, Meng Yu, enjoyed the order of Lanzhou beef noodles. “That is so cool. We do not have a corporate canteen, so my colleagues and I order takeaway every day,” she stated.
Started in 2007, XAG specializes in precision agriculture and remote-sensing drones and has deployed crop-dusting UAV since 2013. In 2018, the corporate’s fleet recorded over 6.5 million flights utilizing 40,000 drones, according to a corporate release.
“With over a decade of experience in UAS development and manufacturing, XAG retains pace with altering demands in the discipline of agriculture,” Justin Gong, XAG Vice President, and co-founder mentioned in a statement.
“Agility and innovation are built in our DNA. Collaborating with Airbus to explore drone delivery service allows us to learn from its 50 years’ experience in flying and air safety administration. XAG determines to constantly improve the aerial system to higher serve residents in both rural and city areas.”