New Chinese Drone Can Stay in the Air for Months
China has built a new plane that can stay in the air for months at a time. Called the Caihong (“Rainbow”), it was developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.
The uncrewed craft took part in a test flight in Northern China last week, where it set a record altitude of over 65,000 feet, higher than any other Chinese drone. (The world record for highest altitude for a remote drone is around 96,000 feet, set by the Helios Prototype in 2001.)
Following upgrades and improvements over the next year, the CAAA team expects the Caihong will be able to stay in the air for several months or perhaps even years at a time, making the drone useful for surveillance, cartography, communications, and emergency response. While the drone is far from finished, the designers expect that many military and civilian buyers would be interested in its capabilities.
Source: China Daily