The COVID-19 pandemic imposed heavy restrictions on the air travel and tourism industries, especially in Asia, restrictions which necessarily had to stay in place for some time. Now that it is time to get things restarted, a key player has emerged in reenergising the economy and tourism industry in Asia: this is the Greater Bay Area, which is a sizeable industrial area in the South of China, which includes nine cities, and the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
KITE is a passenger drone that has been designed to connect these cities in a post-COVID-19 reduced-contact region. The KITE passenger drone is fully electric, exudes no emissions, and is completely unmanned. Needless to say, it boasts cutting-edge technology inside its sleek and sophisticated minimalist shell that reflects the perfectio-nist and forward-looking spirit of Hong Kong and the surrounding area. The KITE passenger drone was named for the inspirational black kite, a majestic bird of prey that migrates to spend its winters in Hong Kong. With an impressive metre and a half wide wing span, it is speedy, supremely agile and a highly intelligent bird of prey.
The KITE passenger drone has a rounded and compact fuselage which minimises drag and enables manoeu-vrability during flight, offering a smooth ride. The interior is reminiscent of a private jet, and has a central aisle and line of single seats on either side. There is a single door at the rear through which access to the cabin is achieved, while the stylish side panels, which are made from glass, work a double task as emergency exits.
Kite passenger drone
A KITE passenger drone is propelled with four double-helix rotors which are attached to the fuselage. The fuselage is made from sturdy composite and features LED landing lights and line of sight when flying low, as well as retractable landing skids. On landing, it docks into a platform designed for disembarking passengers and re-charging the KITE passen-ger drone before the next flight. The cabin is equipped with four single seats, each with quick-release harnesses with multiple attachment points, three screens, one at the front and two at the rear, which display take-off, flight information and landing details.
The reclining seats are made of a tough polycarbonate shell upholstered with cushioned leather and soft fabric. The positioning of the seat stands provides for under-seat storage space for carry-on and hand-luggage, while there is a bit more storage space behind the back seats for larger suitcases. Control buttons and trays, which can be retracted after working, reading or eating, are built into the armrests to ensure maximum in-flight comfort for the passengers.
During this transition phase, while air travel has decreased tremendously, KITE offers a new option for transit between the cities within the area. As well as being sturdy and strong, sustainably manufactured, and having a sophisti-cated and attractive appearance, KITE is a good green alternative to traditional air travel – and even some kinds of land travel. It captures the enthusiasm and innovation of this rapidly developing region and it beautifully promotes the advancement of technological and scientific research – not only in the Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area, but throughout the whole of Asia.
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You can read this and many more interesting reports in the Eat & Travel Magazine Winter Edition 2020.