We love to talk about the rich and the most expensive things on this earth. And that is why we bring to you the most expensive drone in the world for the year 2020. For the rich it is simply another bright and colorful toy but to the rest of the world, we are captivated by the PRICE TAG!
These days not everyone can catch up with the various latest gadgets and even among those who can, not all of them can make purchase because of the amount tied to some of theses mechanical toys.
I consider them toys because a lot of people buy drones not because of true necessity but often times prompted by the need to titillate their ego into believing that they are something more. Its purchase could also be considered another way of flaunting one’s financial class.
In a market already dominated by different types of drones with their own functional peculiarity, exist a loner with the title of the most expensive drone in the world, made king by a price tag of $300,000
And she is called Ehang 184.
That amount is obviously one of the demarcating factors when compared with other drones out there. It is 50,000 more expensive than the Augmented Aerigon Drone that cost $250,000 and is considered the 2nd most expensive drone in the wold.
According to their Website
The EHang AAV is the safest,Smartest and Eco-Friendly low altitude autonomous aerial vehicle, aiming on providing Medium-Short Distance communication and transportation solution.
The EHang AAV is designed with full redundancy – If one set of the power system are operating abnormal, the vehicle can still operate a normal flight plan and ensure the safety of the passenger together with the vehicle.
Facts About The EHang
This particular set of AAV is developed by Chinese autonomous aircraft developer Ehang
The drone is considered the world’s first AAV capable of carrying passengers. The Ehang 184, was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2016.
While Still riding on the current of firsts, the EHANG 184 series is the world’s first passenger drone capable of carrying a single person at up to 130 km/h and in force 7 typhoon conditions.
EHANG founder and CEO, Huazhi Hu. “Performing manned test flights enables us to demonstrate the safety and stability of our vehicles,” Hu said. “What we’re doing isn’t an extreme sport, so the safety of each passenger always comes first. Now that we’ve successfully tested the EHANG 184, I’m really excited to see what the future holds for us in terms of air mobility.”
But in order to give real value, this post shall be focusing on the EHang series as a whole rather than on just a particular product.
While in February 2018, the EHang 216 was announced and was subsequently showcased through piloted and autonomous test flights.
And to crown its glory as the true king in the AAV space, a piloted flight test with Dutch Prince Pieter-Christiaan was carried out at the Amsterdam ArenA in April 2018. That is after undergoing manned and unmanned flight testing in China in 2017.
But was introduced to the public for the first time at the 4Gamechangers Festival held in April 2019 in Vienna, Austria.
The Ehang 216 is an electrical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) that is designed to address urban transport needs by providing on-demand air taxi services.
A total of 216 demonstration flights were conducted in Qatar and the Netherlands in 2018, and mass production of these AAV is expected to commence this year. The company is aiming to manufacture up to 300 aircraft in Austria by 2020 and up to 3,000 air taxis by 2025.
The length of the aircraft is 5.61m, height is 1.76m, and kerb weight is 360kg. While the aircraft itself is capable of carrying payloads of up to 260kg.
Together with an on-board advanced flight control system, intelligent navigation system, and a global positioning system (GPS), EHang 216 can perform fully autonomous flights.
The Ehang 216 AAV is powered by 16 electric motors, which are connected to 16 propeller blades in coaxial double-baled design.
The electric engine on board the aircraft enables a cruise speed of 130km/h. The minimum flight duration of the aircraft is 30 minutes, while the maximum flight range is 35km.
On January 9 2020, the Ehang 216 was allowed demonstration flights in the United States after getting approval to fly by the FAA.
The demonstration flight, which took place in Raleigh had North Carolina governor Roy Cooper as one of those present to witness the historic occasion.
The test flight was conducted as part of the North Carolina Transportation Summit hosted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
It is important to note that it was a non-passenger flight test. According to Hu Huazhi, founder and chairman of Ehang “EHang is working with the FAA to secure approval for a passenger trial flight of the EHang 216 in the near future,”
The company has so far delivered around 40 of its aircraft to paying customers from different parts of the world who like many others believe that flying vehicles is the next step in our social evolution.
Putting its mileage to test , the AAV (EHang 216) has made over 1,000 manned flights by July 2018 and has traveled 8.8 km on a single trip.
Ehang is not a profitable business yet. In the first half of 2019 they had a net loss of $5.5M and a net operating cash outflow of $5.8M.
Ehang is the first urban air mobility company to realize commercialization for its passenger-grade AAVs. The company became a publicly listed company on Dec 12 on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol “EH”.
Ehang has described their vision thus: “To establish a human-focused, sustainable way for people to get about in the future. We seek to create shortcuts – so transport is no longer restricted by roads. Shortcuts that will allow nature to reconquer areas now occupied by concrete and traffic jams. Shortcuts that offer each person more freedom to move in urban space.”
But seriously, you do not have to be very rich to buy your own drone because there is actually one out there to fit your current bill and standard.
All you have to do is keep your fingers crossed.