Friday, May 22, 2015

S. Korean company develops cargo drones for disaster relief

South Korea may soon be using drones to deliver cargo, food and beverage and drugs during times of disasters owing to a partnership between the CJ Group and the Ministry of Public Safety and Security for disaster relief.

The nation might soon use the newly launched CJ Sky Door drones developed by the country's largest cargo delivery company CJ Korea Express for relief aid, according to Business Korea.

Although currently it is illegal for private companies to operate unmanned aerial vehicles, the company is planning to use the drones for disaster relief in coordination with the government.

This mid-sized drone features four three-bladed rotors and can fly at a speed of up to 60 km/h for 70 minutes. It can also fly to a maximum altitude of 4,000 meters within a flying radius of 20 kilometers.

Capable of carrying up to 3kg of cargo, the drone can be effective in carrying and delivering medicine or food.

The goods can be delivered either as a cargo box or with a detachable container.

While the cargo box has an automatic switching feature for loading and unloading cargo, the detachable container fills up the cargo at the drone's bottom.

Currently, the company has developed three of the drones with plans of manufacturing three more in the future.

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