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Chinese startup offers large cargo drones eyeing demand surge

AirWhiteWhale devices ship heavy loads at less cost than piloted aircraft

Chinese startup AirWhiteWhale expects e-commerce will continue to spread to smaller cities, boosting demand for air shipments. (Photo courtesy of the company)

BEIJING -- Chinese cargo drone startup AirWhiteWhale plans to raise between 100 million yuan and 150 million yuan ($14.7 million and $22.1 million). The fresh capital will be used for design, research and development, and bolstering its workforce, as well as for product trials and component testing.

AirWhiteWhale was founded in 2021 by current CEO Hu Zhendong, who graduated from Beihang University with a Ph.D. in aircraft design. He has worked at a number of aircraft manufacturers including Airbus and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China.

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