Chinese passenger drone company Autoflight unveiled its V400 Albatross cargo and passenger drone at the 2020 World UAV Conference in Shenzhen. The company also announced its plans to develop this curious product.
The V400 Albatross comes in two models, the first fully electric and the second hybrid. Although both operate on different propulsion systems, they have a combined maximum take-off weight of 400 kg and a payload of 100 kg. The V400 was specially designed to simplify long-distance logistics and delivery operations.
The key difference between the two models is in the range of the drone. The electric model has a range of 300 km, and the hybrid model has 1000 km, which means it is capable of delivering much longer distances. Both models have a maximum flight height of 5,000 meters, a wingspan of 9 meters, a height of 1.1 meters and a length of 6.7 meters.
The all-electric model uses two main motors, one at the front and one at the rear, with lifting surfaces and eight lifting motors that lift the V400 vertically. The hybrid model uses the main internal combustion engine at the rear while keeping the rest of the fenders, propellers, and engines intact.
The V400 is equipped with a variety of backup systems including flight control systems, sensors and radars, and an additional parachute. The V400 also features an onboard flight control system, aircraft recognition and collision avoidance system, which allows it to be safely operated without a pilot. So that he does not lose communication in the air, the device is equipped with 4G and 5G equipment.
Autoflight plans to adapt its V400 for both freight and passenger services in the hopes that freight flights will be adopted first, thanks to recently introduced China regulations that allow companies to carry out test freight flights. The commercial freight market is likely to represent a larger and more stable share of the company’s revenue for the foreseeable future, until passenger flights pass the legislative, legal and test phases.
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