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First drone cargo delivery of an Airbus & XAG joint development in Guangzhou, China, codenamed Project Vesper.

· Today’s first flight over 1.6 km took 3 minutes and delivered a bowl of noodles.· A joint development between Airbus and XAG.· Start of a MVP service using the Project Vesper Mk1 cargo drone, a retrofitted XAG P30 aircraft.25th November, GUANGZHOU – The start of a limited delivery trial in Guangzhou, China, as part of the joint development of a drone cargo service was announced today at XAG headquarters.Justin Gong, Vice President and Co-founder of XAG introduced the joint developmentThis joint development agreement was originally signed 02 July 2019 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Dalian (China) by Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space and Peng Bin, CEO and co-founder of XAG.Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space and Peng Bin, CEO and co-founder of XAG signed the joint agreementFormerly known as XAircraft, XAG (极飞科技) is an agriculture technology company with pioneering expertise in precision agriculture and remote sensing drones, founded in 2007 and headquartered in Guangzhou, China.Significantly contributing to the future of crop yield, reduction of pesticides, and precision farming in China, XAG has been developing crop-dusting drones since 2013, and now accounts for more than half of China's commercial drone flights. Integrated with visual recognition, artificial intelligence, farmland land information, and crop data, XAG also provides agricultural mapping drones and agricultural hardware services. Last year alone, XAG’s fleet of 40,000 drones have performed over 6.5 million flights. Airbus and XAG Joint Press EventSince July 2019, Airbus and XAG teams have combined efforts to develop a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) service to start testing deliveries. This MVP is built on top of the P30 platform, XAG’s award-winning plant protection drone. With a takeoff weight slightly under 25 kilos, and a payload of up to 4 kilos, this drone flies at an altitude of less than 400 ft at up to 12 meters/second.Introducing Project VesperThe objective of the trial is to validate a highly automated delivery flight from the vendor to the destination and back, across precisely pre-selected pathways. Joining the extensive experience of XAG in designing, manufacturing, and operating small drones at scale – tens of thousands of drone flights every day – to Airbus’ expertise in design, engineering, assembly, and certification of aircraft of various form factors, this trial will create feedback cycles to learn and iterate on a drone cargo service in China. The Vesper delivery droneIn this trial, a select group of customers in Guangzhou, can order their favorite food from a nearby noodle shop through the Drone Cargo WeChat application. The fresh food is prepared and then the cooked dish, carefully placed into an insulated box, is itself loaded into the waiting drone on a custom locker. The noodle shop being only 1.6 kilometers away, the flight to the first destination locker takes just under five minutes. The customer receives a notification on their phone about the approaching drone and directions to the nearest locker. The drone lands at a safe height, separated from people, and the customer retrieves their food. Delivery drone landingMeng Yu is the lucky first customer of this novel service. She ordered a Lanzhou beef noodle dish and excitedly declared: “This is so cool. We do not have a company canteen so my colleagues and I order takeaways every day. Deliveries could never be sent upstairs in the past, but this time it just comes to me from the sky right to our roof terrace! My noodles were hot as I like them and it took under 15 minutes from ordering to enjoying! Usually, I had to wait for up to an hour during peak lunch hour and often the food was cold.” Justin Gong, Vice President and Co-founder of XAG commented: “With 12 years of experience in UAS development and manufacturing, XAG keeps pace with changing demands in the field of agriculture. Agility and innovation are built in our DNA. Partnering with Airbus to explore drone delivery service enables us to learn from its 50 years’ experience of flying and air safety management. Foreseeing the broad prospect of drone applications, XAG determines to consistently improve the aerial system, to better serve residents in both rural and urban area.”  To be one of first to learn about what’s new on Project Vesper, kindly send a simple email to newdawn@vespair.com
2019-11-29 13:55
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XAG Makes its Debut at Agritechnica 2019 with Award-wining Precision Farming Technology

18 November, Hanover – XAG, for the first time, showcased its smart agriculture solutions to an international audience of 152 countries at Agritechnica 2019, the world’s largest agricultural technology trade fair held in Hanover, Germany from 10-16 November. As the only agriculture technology company presenting precision agricultural drones, XAG stood out in the crowd with its UAS spraying and spreading technology - one of the greatest highlights of the exhibition primarily dominated by large ground-based machinery. Organised by the German Agricultural Society, also known as DLG, this year’s Agritechnica covers an unprecedented exhibit area of 40 hectares, where 2820 exhibitors from 53 countries demonstrated a complete range of advanced agricultural machinery and digital farming platform from seeding, crop protection, harvest to storage. This has attracted nearly 450,000 visitors, 30% of which are professional audience from the global farming community. At the expo, XAG debuted in Precision Farming Technology pavilion with a series of fully autonomous drones and farm monitoring sensors, including XPlanet® Agricultural UAS, P Series Plant Protection UAS, XMission survey drone and Agriculture Internet-of-Things (XIoT) System. XPlanet® is XAG’s all-new high-performance unmanned aerial system that combines atomisation spraying and intelligent spreading technology to effectively conduct seeding, fertilisation, chemical spraying and feeding at centimetre-level high accuracy on all terrains. All these presented technologies seamlessly integrate to form XAG Smart Agriculture Solutions, a closed loop sustainable agroecosystem featuring digitalisation, automation and intelligence. Based on the HD field maps collected by XMission, XAG Artificial Intelligence (XAI) can identify field edges and obstacles, locate fruit trees and recognise weed/pest diseases as well as generating prescription maps to guide autonomous drone operation on selective lands. Variable-Rate Application (VAR) can therefore be achieved to spray and spread where it is needed. Only the infected part of lands would be targeted with optimal high-concentrated dosage to reduce 30% chemical use and 90% water. Such innovative precision farming technology has raised huge attention from exhibition visitors of all types, including farm owners, agricultural machinery distributors, agrochemical conglomerates and agricultural experts, who are looking for an alternative crop protection solution that is more precise, flexible and eco-friendly without causing crop damage or soil compaction. XAG’s agricultural drones can access fields that large tractors are difficult to handle, so that many previously exhausting farming practices, such as spraying for sloping vineyard and mountainous orchards which used to take manual labour days to complete, now only takes a few hours. Employing digital technologies to optimise agricultural inputs and improve crop yields, precision farming is the key to reshape a sustainable food system. This is a consensus that has been reached at Agritechnica 2019 between XAG and its international professional visitors. XAG will keep innovating and closely cooperating with all stakeholders to empower local farmers and accelerate the development of smart agriculture.
2019-11-19 05:26
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XAG Wins Top Honour the ‘Best Innovation in Precision Farming Technology’ at Crop Science Awards 2019

13 November, LONDON - XAG has been awarded Best Innovation in Precision Farming Technology for its smart agriculture solutions at Crop Science Awards 2019 presented in London, United Kingdom on November 12. XAG is the first Chinese agriculture technology company awarded the Crop Science Awards – the ‘Oscar’ of the crop science and technology industry. This recognises XAG as the trailblazer of precision agriculture who innovatively integrates drone, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) to build a sustainable agroecosystem that grow more nutritious food with minimal ecological footprint on earth. Crop Science Awards, previously known as Agrow Awards, is a prestigious annual award launched 10 years ago by Agribusiness Intelligence to recognise technological breakthroughs and leadership initiatives in the crop protection industry. This year’s award consists of 15 categories honouring excellence in different realms of agriculture, such as digital farming, precision farming and crop protection formulation. Those being shortlisted are carefully evaluated by an international panel of esteemed judges with years of experience in crop science. XAG was selected as the finalists in the following three categories: Best Innovation in Precision Farming Technology for accelerating developments in precision agriculture technology, Best Application Technology Innovation for improving the precision and safety of pesticide application and Best Company from an Emerging Region for making the greatest contribution to the crop protection industry. XAG has earned Best Innovation in Precision Farming Technology with its smart agriculture solutions which are crafted to help farmers optimise the use of agricultural resources, improve crop yield and reduce environmental impacts. The smart agriculture solutions are designed into four aspects, which include building digital farming infrastructure such as Real-time Kinematic (RTK) navigation network and high-definition field maps, developing automated drones and robots for precision operation, connecting land, crop, farmers and consumers through the Agricultural IoT System and cultivating Agriculture AI for prescription map application. For example, XAG has designed the fully autonomous agricultural drones (e.g., XPlanet® Agricultural UAS and P Series Plant Protection UAS) which can effectively navigate at centimetre-level accuracy for precision crop spraying, granule spreading and seeding even on complex terrains. Powered by RTK positioning, atomisation spraying and AI prescription, this unmanned aerial system has helped local farmers address different crop protection problems, ranging from weed control and bee pollination in Australia, defeating fall armyworm in Zambia and warding off pinewood nematode in South Korea to large-scale cotton defoliation in China. “This honour also goes to the next generation of farmers who make smart agriculture possible,” said Justin Gong, Co-founder and Vice President of XAG, who received the award at the ceremony. Gong pointed out that the future of agriculture lies in the fast-growing smallholder economy and the scale-up of precision farming technology. With stronger production adaptability and flexibility, smallholder farmers, when empowered by nimble, intelligent technology, can produce more nutritious food while meeting consumers’ increasing demands for healthier diets. XAG has also received the Highly Commended honours in Best Application Technology Innovation for its iRASS™ Intelligent Atomisation Rotary Spraying System and Best Company from an Emerging Region. Since tapping into the ever-evolving agriculture technology company, XAG has introduced 42,000 drones into the world’s remote rural area and served over 20 million hectares of farmlands for 6.37 million farmers. About XAGFounded in 2007, XAG is a leading agriculture technology company and one of the world’s largest industrial UAS manufacturers headquartered in China. Through empowering farmers with precision technologies such as drones, AI, cloud computing and IoT, XAG has been committed to improving the productivity, quality and sustainability of agricultural production. The company so far has introduced its smart agriculture solutions into 38 countries and regions, as well as established global partnerships with industry leaders and research institutions, such as Bayer, Alibaba, Huawei, Harper Adams University and Sydney University, to promote digital farming and enhance food safety.
2019-11-13 09:55
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