Drone carries human but battery gone in 23 minutes

Drone carries human but battery gone in 23 minutes

The EHang 184 is displayed at the EHang booth at CES International in Las Vegas on Wednesday. (AP photo)
The EHang 184 is displayed at the EHang booth at CES International in Las Vegas on Wednesday. (AP photo)

Legal or not, no one knows. Just select destination on tablet & push take off, then remember to land in 23 minutes or you might fall from sky.

TECHNOLOGY & TRANSPORTATION

Chinese drone carries human but battery gone in 23 minutes 

8/01/2016
AP News agency

Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc on Wednesday unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger, the Ehang 184.

The China-based company introduced the giant drone during the world-famous Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

LIKE SMALL HELICOPTER BUT WITH EIGHT PROPELLERS

In a company video showing it flying, the big drone looks like a small helicopter but with four doubled propellers, for a total of eight propellers, all spinning parallel to the ground like other smaller drones.

The electric-powered drone can be fully charged in two hours, carry up to 220 pounds and fly for 23 minutes at sea level.

The cabin fits one person and a small backpack and even has air conditioning and a reading light.

With propellers folded up, the drone is designed to fit in a single parking spot.

TWO COMMANDS: TAKE OFF & LAND

After setting a flight plan, passengers only need to give two commands, "take off'' and "land,'' each controlled by a single click on a Microsoft Surface tablet.

The drone is designed to fly about 1,000 to 1,650 feet off the ground with a maximum altitude of 11,500 feet and top speed of 63 miles per hour.

US authorities are just starting to lay out guidelines for drone use, and a human passenger drone seems certain to face strict scrutiny.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administrator Michael Huerta was at the Las Vegas show but could not immediately be reached for comment through a spokesman.

LEGAL OR NOT, NO ONE KNOWS YET

Ehang co-founder and chief financial officer (CFO) Shang Hsiao said the company hoped to sell the device for $200,000 to $300,000 beginning this year but acknowledged it occupies a legal grey area.

"The whole world never had something like this before,'' he said.

REMOTE CONTROL FOR SAFETY

A passenger would have no controls as a back-up, Shang said. "In the event of a problem the company plans a remote control centre that would take over the vehicle and ensure it lands safely.''

The vehicle has been flown more than 100 times at low altitudes in a forested area in Guangzhou, China including several times with a person inside.

THE MORE PROPELLERS, THE SAFER IT IS 

"One thing that makes [these so-called] quad-copters safer than helicopters are its numerous propellers,'' he said. "Even if three of the four arms have their six propellers disabled, the final arm's working propellers can ensure a rough landing by spiraling toward the ground.''

The company, which also makes smaller drones, said in August that it had raised $42 million in capital from various investors including GP Capital Co Ltd, GGV Capital, ZhenFund and others, following $10 million in capital raised the previous year.

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Vocabulary

  • acknowledge: to accept or admit that something exists, is true or is real - ยอมรับ
  • administrator (noun): someone whose job is to manage a business, organisation, institution or website - ผู้บริหาร
  • altitude: height above sea level - ความสูงเหนือระดับน้ำทะเล
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • back-up: an extra copy of computer files that you keep for safety , in case the original files disapppear -
  • backpack: a large bag, often supported on a light metal frame, carried on the back and used especially by people who go climbing or walking - เป้สะพายหลัง, กระเป๋าสะพายหลัง
  • based: where the main work of an organisation, business, etc. is done or controlled - ซึ่งเป็นศูนย์กลาง
  • cabin: the area where passengers sit in an aircraft - ห้องคนโดยสารในเครื่องบิน
  • capable: able to do something; very good at a job - มีความสามารถ
  • capital: a large amount of money that is invested or is used - ทุน, เงินทุน
  • certain: sure - แน่ใจ, แน่นอน
  • charge (verb): putting electricity in the battery of a mobile phone, computer or other electronic device so that you can use it without being plugged in -
  • co-: done together with another -
  • command: an order - คำสั่ง
  • comment (noun): expressing an opinion - การแสดงความคิดเห็น
  • consumer: someone who buys and uses goods and services - ผู้บริโภค
  • control (noun): control and authority over a situation or a group of people - อำนาจบังคับบัญชา, ตำแหน่งบัญชาการ
  • copter: helicopter -
  • device (noun): a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
  • disabled: having a condition, especially a physical one, that limits your activities in some way - พิการ
  • double: to become twice as big, twice as much or twice as many - เพิ่มเป็นสองเท่า
  • drone (noun): an aircraft (or ship) without a pilot, controlled from the ground - เครื่องบินไร้คนขับที่ควบคุมด้วยวิทยุทางไกล
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • Federal Aviation Administration: the FAA, the US government agency that regulates the use of airplanes and helicopters and other vehicles traveling in the air -
  • fit: to be the right size; to agree with, match or be suitable for something - พอดี (ขนาด), พอเหมาะ
  • flight (noun): a trip on an airplane; a plane making a particular journey - การเดินทางด้วยเครื่องบิน; เที่ยวบิน
  • fold: to bend something, especially paper or cloth, so that one part of it lies on the other part, or to be able to be bent in this way - พับ
  • forest: an area with trees, animals and plants - ป่า
  • founder (noun): a person who establishes an institution, business, or organisation - ผู้ก่อตั้ง
  • gadget: a small tool or piece of equipment that does something useful or impressive - อุปกรณ์ขนาดเล็ก, กลไกขนาดเล็ก
  • ground (noun): the outer surface of the earth, that we walk on - ผิวดิน, ผิวโลก, พื้นดิน
  • ground (noun): the surface of the earth - ผิวดิน, ผิวโลก, พื้นดิน, พื้น
  • guidelines: official instructions or advice about how to do something - สิ่งที่ช่วยแนะแนวทางให้ปฏิบัติ
  • immediately (adv): happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที
  • in the event of: if this happens -
  • introduce (verb): to start something new, for the first time - เริ่ม, ริเริ่ม, ตั้ง
  • investor: a person or organization that invests money, i.e., uses money with the aim of making a profit from it, for example by buying property or buying shares in a company - นักลงทุน
  • land: to cause an aircraft or a bird to come down to the ground - บินลง, นำลงจอด
  • lay out: create something such as rules or guidelines and present them to people -
  • legal: allowed by the law - ถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย
  • legal grey area: some activity that it is unclear whether it is illegal or not -
  • maximum: the most possible - ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
  • numerous: many - มากมาย
  • occupy: to fill, exist in, or use a place or period of time - ครอง
  • parallel: when the distance between two lines, etc. is the same all along their length - ขนาน
  • parking: a place where motor vehicles, aircraft, etc. are parked - ลานจอด
  • passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
  • power: physical force that does work - พลัง, กำลัง, แรง
  • power: energy, from electricity or the human body, for example - พลังงาน, พลังงานกล,พลัง, กำลัง, แรง
  • previous: happening or existing before the event or object that you are talking about - แต่ก่อน, เมื่อก่อน
  • propeller: a device which causes a ship or aircraft to move, consisting of two or more blades which turn round at high speed - ใบพัด
  • quad-: four of something -
  • remote control (noun): a device used for controlling a machine from a distance - เครื่องควบคุมเครื่องบินหรือจรวดด้วยคลื่นวิทยุ
  • rough: difficult and unpleasant - ยากลำบาก, ไม่เป็นระเบียบ
  • scrutiny: careful and thorough examination - การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
  • scrutiny: careful examination of someone or something - การใคร่ครวญอย่างละเอียด
  • sea level: the height of the land at the edge of the sea; the average height of the sea/ocean, used as the basis for measuring the height of all places on land - ระดับน้ำทะเล
  • single: one only - เดี่ยว
  • spin (verb): [past form 'spun'] (1) to turn round and round quickly; to make something do this (2) to make something, usually thread for making cloth by twisting fibres of a material such as cotton or wool, but in this case to make (earn) money - หมุน ปั่น
  • spiral: to move in continuous circles, going upwards or downwards - หมุนเป็นขด
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • strict: very careful and exact - เข้มงวด
  • take off: to cause an aircraft to go into the air and start flying - บินขึ้น (เครื่องบิน)
  • unveil: to show or introduce a new plan, product, etc. to the public for the first time - เปิดเผย, ประกาศให้รู้ทั่วไป
  • vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ
  • whole (adjective): all of something - ทั้งหมด
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