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China’s first cargo drone TP500 completes maiden flight

China’s homegrown TP500 unmanned freighter, the country’s first large unmanned transport plane produced under the Chinese Civil Aviation Regulation (CCAR) requirements, completed a successful maiden flight in Jingmen City of central China’s Hubei Province, announced the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The freighter conducted a smooth 27-minute maiden flight.

China’s first cargo drone TP500 completes maiden flight
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Solely developed and manufactured by the AVIC First Aircraft Institute, the TP500 is China’s first large unmanned freighter produced under the Chinese Civil Aviation Regulation (CCAR) requirements. 

The TP500 unmanned freighter can carry the standard 500-kilogram load and transport cargo to as far as 500 kilometers, said AVIC, noting that the plane is a general-purpose unmanned transport platform with a large load and a maximum range of 1,800 kilometers. 

China’s first cargo drone TP500 completes maiden flight

The TP500 is mainly designed and manufactured using composite materials – the Chinese manufacturers Antai Composites and Guangwei Composites being the main suppliers – and is assembled and connected by an advanced integrated process, which reduces the structural weight while maintaining the desired strength.

More information www.avic.com