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  • Sichuan Tengden Technology: Privately Owned, State Sponsored

    Traditionally, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) acquires whole systems that are manufactured or integrated by companies partially- or wholly-owned by the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that fall under the State Administration for Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). It

  • China is building drone planes for its aircraft carriers

     Full report and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-drone-planes-aircraft-carrierThey're robotics wingmen for China's carrier pilots.TYPE 003This display at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution (China's official military museum) in 2016 shows a nuclear-powered carrier with

  • This people-moving drone has completed more than 1,000 test flights

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/ehang-passenger-carrying-droneThe flying taxi could soon be spotted in Dubai and Las Vegas.NO HANDS (OR PILOT TRAINING) NEEDEDThe Ehang 184, a one-person automated helicopter, has made multiple flights with passengers onboard.EhangMost drones are

  • China's new drone company is building a UAV with a 20-ton payload

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/chinas-new-drone-company-has-big-plansThat's akin to a medium-sized manned cargo plane.BTB-001This twin-engine, dual-tail MALE (medium altitude, long endurance) attack drone will be able to carry about a ton of payload.WeChat, via by78China's drone

  • China is making 1,000-UAV drone swarms now

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-drone-swarmsThese autonomous swarms can make decisions on how and when to repair themselves.1,180 POINTS OF LIGHTEhang's thousand-strong quadcopter swarm acted as a giant airborne LED screen to display images, like this picture of

  • Come see China's new hexacopters and self-detonating drones

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-new-drones-army-hexacoptersWhat the People's Liberation Army has up its sleeve.BCH-901This display at the Military Museum indicates that the 20-pound CH-901 drone, which can be used as a loitering munition, is in service with the People's