Up-and-coming drone manufacturer D-wave announced Wednesday that its new drone, the X-37B, will go on sale to the public in 2020.
The company said the drone will feature an all-new design that is meant to be able to “simulate the full range of operations in a manned aircraft,” according to a statement from D-waves headquarters in San Jose, Calif.
The X-39, a similar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), has been under development since the early 2000s, according to the statement.
The X-19B was developed by a Chinese drone maker in conjunction with a US firm called Dassault Aviation, and the X.37B is the first UAV D-series drone, according the company.
D-waves plans to use the X39 and the D-Series drones in its upcoming fleet of drones, which will be sold in tandem with the X7 and X9, according an article published by The Atlantic.
The first batch of drones will be offered in 2019.
The D-Jet X-Series UAV is slated to launch in 2019 for about $2 million.
It has an 8-foot wingspan and a wingspan of about 30 feet, according D-jet’s website.
Dassault Aviation has a contract to sell the D11B, which it says is the most advanced drone ever to be produced.
The company says it will be available to buy in the 2020s.
The UAVs are expected to have up to six passengers and can carry up to five passengers.
D-plane also plans to introduce drones with more advanced capabilities that can carry payloads of up to 500 pounds, which could include drones carrying surveillance satellites and advanced navigation systems.