Home / Business / Industries

Hope and concerns for civilian drone industry

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-05-24 10:24

Since "Oblivion," the latest Hollywood sci-fi adventure featuring drones and clones hit Chinese screens in May, there has been a buzz about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the country.

Rather than fantasize about the roles drones could play in the future, some are going one step further.

A research and development base of drones is scheduled to be built in Taiyuan, capital city of north China's Shanxi province, as announced earlier this month.

The drone base is part of a project named united airlines sci-tech industrial park co-undertaken by Taiyuan Private Economy Development Zone and Shanxi Coal Asset Management Co Ltd.

With a total investment of 2 billion yuan ($322.6 million), it is another large civilian drone base that will be built.

The once military dedicated unmanned aircraft industry now attracts large quantities of civilian investment in China.

Drones, or UAVs, date back to the period of World War I. Civilian drones have become increasingly popular as they can fulfill tasks that are either difficult or dangerous for human beings, such as forest fire supervision, flood monitoring, nuclear radiation detecting, and atmosphere sampling. 

The UAVs sometimes even save human life. Only five hours after the 7.0-magnitude Lushan earthquake on April 20, drones on mission sent back maps of the quake-hit areas with the remote-sensing function, which assisted relief workers.

Previous 1 2 Next

Most Viewed in 24 Hours
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349