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China’s drone company Ehang first test flights

News International-French

13 Feb 2018

The Chinese company Ehang released footage of the first piloted test flights in China of its autonomous, passenger-carrying quadcopter Ehang 184.

The company conducted over 1,000 test flights with human passengers, including a 984-foot (300-meter) vertical climb, a weight test carrying over 500 pounds (230 kilograms), a routed test flight covering 9.3 miles (15 kilometers), and a high-speed cruising test that reached 80.7 mph (130 km/h).

Ehang’s engineers also tested the Ehang 184 in a variety of challenging weather conditions, including high heat, heavy fog, night tests, and during a Category 7 typhoon.

“What we’re doing is not an extreme sport, so the safety of each passenger always comes first,” said Ehang founder and CEO Hu Huazhi, who himself conducted test flights.

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