China debuted its 500-kilogram cargo drone, the TP500, completed a successful maiden flight on June 18, according to the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The flight lasted 27 minutes and the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) had no problems during the journey.
The aircraft was developed by AVIC First Aircarft Institute and it is the first large unmanned cargo aircraft built under the requirements of the Chinese Civil Aviation Regulations.
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One of the features of the TP500 is that it has a maximum range of 1,800 km and can carry a standard load of 500 kilos 500 kilometers away.
As for its design, it is considered that they created it with a streamlined but simple approach, with a three-blade turboprop propulsion. In addition, it works with artificial intelligence, it is more than 40 meters long and can reach a speed of more than 20 knots or about 37 km/h.
Thanks to the good result of this test trip, the Chinese state television broadcast the takeoff and also the landing, which left good impressions about the future of this machine.
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Now, the purpose of the aircraft is not entirely clear, since many wonder if it will be marketed or, on the contrary, it will only be available within China. (El Tiempo newspaper of Colombia)