Staff at the Yufeng Future Gen­er­al Assem­bly tri­al man­u­fac­tur­ing site locat­ed in Shang­hai Jin­shan UAV base have per­formed the last inspec­tion prepar­ing for the M1 series of two-ton eVTOL prod­ucts.

A large vehi­cle equipped with the fuse­lage, wings, tail and oth­er body parts of the first M1 head­ed straight to the Jin­shan base where these com­po­nents will be reassem­bled, and the avion­ics sys­tem, three-elec­tric sys­tem, and var­i­ous cable lines will be installed for test flight.

With the com­ple­tion of the assem­bly of the first air­craft body struc­ture of Yufeng Future M1 at the end of March, it has a wingspan of 15 metres, a fuse­lage of 10 metres long and three metres high, and a seag­ull-style hatch.

When the hatch is opened, the inte­ri­or of the cab­in space is 3.5 cubic metres, pro­vid­ing a flat floor, con­ve­nient load­ing, and a max­i­mum design load of 500 kg.

“This is a moment of great sig­nif­i­cance to Yufeng Future since we released the M1 for the first time in Sep­tem­ber last year, and we have made every effort to pro­mote the release of the first machine in the past six months,” said Xie Ling, CEO of Yufeng Future.

M1 design­er and pres­i­dent Dr Liu Shiyi con­tin­ued “We have com­plet­ed this phased goal as sched­uled, which means that the first air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ing work of M1 has been offi­cial­ly com­plet­ed and has reached a state of readi­ness for ground test­ing.

“All the main body struc­tures of M1 have been assem­bled, and most of the lines, equip­ment and sys­tems have been man­u­fac­tured and installed, in coop­er­a­tion with sup­pli­ers and part­ners, and we will pro­mote the full air­craft test to achieve the first flight as soon as pos­si­ble.”

In the short term, it will be used for car­go trans­porta­tion by first com­plet­ing the air­wor­thi­ness cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the car­go con­fig­u­ra­tion, then grad­u­al­ly tran­si­tion to manned flight, and final­ly applied to UAM ser­vice.

After the first flight, the air­craft will car­ry out the work of obtain­ing type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the car­go con­fig­u­ra­tion, and select suit­able routes such as islands and moun­tains for the tri­al oper­a­tion of drone car­go. The con­tin­u­ous accu­mu­la­tion of data lays the foun­da­tion for manned trans­porta­tion by ver­i­fy­ing the busi­ness mod­el through freight trans­porta­tion.