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Food delivery drone trial in HK a success

15:54 SGT December 12, 2017
Food
Quadcopter flew with icy mooncakes

Hong Kong-based XDynamics, designer and developer of high-end unmanned aerial systems for consumers and professionals, recently participated in a trial with local food company Maxim Caterers.

The trial involved XDynamics’ quadcopter which was designed to carry food items. For the demonstration, the drone flew Maxim’s icy mooncakes from Hong Kong Science Park Science Park East Avenue up to the fountain in front of Charles K Kao Auditorium. The entire 76m journey took three minutes to complete, said XDynamics.

“Drones are not for entertainment only; many countries start to operate drones for commercial usage,” said Benny Chan, CEO of XDynamics.

The quadcopter used for the trial was made of carbon fibre with a built-in positioning and navigation system that allows flight automation, and is enough to deliver a fresh-made pizza from point-to-point autonomously.

There were also 3D-printed plastic custom shelves under the body of the quadcopter, which aside from reducing weight, is less likely to block radio frequency transmission, thus increasing flight stability.

“I believe Hong Kong can provide good opportunities for drone business,” Chan concluded.

The quadcopter used for the trial was made of carbon fibre with a built-in positioning and navigation system that allows flight automation, and is enough to deliver a fresh-made pizza from point-to-point autonomously.