A new Chinese drone flies anywhere and in any temperature

Gianluca Riccio

Military, Technology

The new Chinese drone, the result of advanced technology, can fly for up to 12 hours continuously, resisting strong winds and temperatures as low as -40℃.

In the recent aeronautical technological panorama, Chinese engineering has introduced a novelty that is attracting the world's attention: a drone with a structure that imitates the "double flying wing". This new multicopter, just presented at important international events, represents a significant advancement in the sector, offering vertical and horizontal flight capabilities with an efficient aerodynamic structure.

And it raises, as with any such new technology, inevitable questions regarding its potential implications, particularly in the context of global security and weapons development.

Chinese drone
A drone model presented at the recent 25th China Hi-Tech Fair.

Technology and its potential

The Chinese drone was developed by specialists from Changchun Changguang Bosyan, a spin-off of the Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics in Changchun, China, under the aegis of the Academy of Sciences.

Its ability to operate in extreme conditions is remarkable. This contraption flies in temperatures as low as -40°C and at altitudes of 5500 meters, and withstand strong winds, at a speed of 30-33 knots (up to 61 km/h). These are factors that make it an ideal candidate for a series of civil applications. Which? Rescue operations in case of emergency, maintenance of energy networks and oil pipelines, use in topography and cartography.

Why do I have the feeling that for civilian tasks this Chinese drone will remain only a candidate?

Chinese drone: a double-edged sword.

Despite the undoubted positive potential, the implications of such advanced technology cannot be ignored. Especially considering the growing global interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for military purposes, more or less autonomous.

The Chinese drone's ability to operate in extreme conditions and its extended flight duration could also make this technology attractive for warfare purposes. The prospect of drones potentially being used for surveillance or even for offensive uses in conflict areas raises ethical and safety concerns.

The responsibility of the international community

Faced with these potentials, an open and responsible dialogue at an international level becomes essential.

It is essential to establish rules and regulations that can govern the use of these technologies. It is essential that their development and use are oriented towards peaceful purposes that benefit humanity. Nations and international organizations must work together to prevent the irresponsible use of these advanced technologies in the context of a possible drone-based arms race.

On the other hand, if addressed ethically and responsibly the technology behind this Chinese drone can lead to significant improvements in many areas. Emergency management, scientific research and other sectors could benefit from it, but as we know, military use always has pre-eminence.

I may be utopian but it doesn't have to, it shouldn't necessarily be like this. The challenge lies in balancing innovation with responsibility, a task that requires collective commitment and forward-thinking from everyone. Chinese and Westerners. I am wrong?

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