Korean Air to develop cargo drones by 2026

Korean Air will participate in Drone Show Korea 2022 in Busan from February 24 to 26.

Marking its sixth anniversary this year, Drone Show Korea 2022 is hosted by Busan Metropolitan City, the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and the Ministry of National Defense.

Korean Air, as the largest corporate exhibitor, will showcase its comprehensive array of aerospace systems and present its latest initiatives at the exhibition.

The airline will exhibit its innovative urban air mobility (UAM) solutions as well as medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV, multi-purpose hybrid drone and inspection drone.

Korean Air will also release teaser videos of cargo drones to be developed by 2026.

The cargo drone, which is based on a hybrid propulsion system, is expected to fly at a maximum speed of 150 km/h and carry a payload of 250 kg.

The cargo drone boasts operational versatility through automated and remote pilot operation options.

Korean Air plans to develop the aircraft and payload module separately in order to accomplish various missions such as transporting civil and military supplies, surveillance, and tactical strikes.

During the event, Korean Air will sign an agreement with Innodep on video management solutions using hybrid drones, and with Vessel Aerospace to develop tactical VTOL UAVs.

Korean Air plans to continue to expand technical cooperation with related industry players to foster the domestic UAV industry.