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CASIC's HW-350 drone made its maiden flight


The HW-350 drone able to fly more than 24 hours on just one charge made its first flight on December 12, according to China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).


HW 350 first flight 001 HW-350 multirole drone at Zhuhai 2018 airshow


A small drone able to fly more than 24 hours on just one charge made its first flight on December 12, according to China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).

The multi-use drone, the HW-350, was developed by HIWING General Aviation Equipment Co Ltd based on the demands of building an emergency communication test system and long distance aerial emergency drone system. 

The drone system consists of an unmanned aerial vehicle, a command and control vehicle, and a ground support compartment. The drone is able to diagnose software problems on its own.

The HW-350 is expected to work with low orbit satellites to form emergency communication systems, able to work with satellites at high, middle, and low altitude, as well as those underwater.

According to CASIC, the HW-350 can carry a wide range of payload optical pod, communication equipment, navigation equipment, small scale synthetic aperture radar and other mission loads. It can perform target search, communication relay, fixed-point surveillance, marine surveillance, magnetic submarine detection, etc.