China-developed tandem flying-wing vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) saw surging orders at the 25th China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF), which was concluded on Sunday in Shenzhen City.
The new type of drone is independently developed and manufactured by researchers from the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The drone can realize takeoff and landing in vertical state, and can fly at a normal level after taking off.
The vehicles have achieved multiple performance limits of drones, such as operating at temperatures as low as -40 ℃, or at an altitude of 5,500 meters, or taking off and landing in level-seven winds, according to Baiyue, a researcher at the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics.
The drones can be applied to many fields requiring long-term endurance, such as emergency response, disaster relief, forestry and agriculture monitoring, pipeline network inspection, public security, and border patrols.