Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype

Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype

Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype

Boeing unveiled its Cargo Aerial Vehicle.

Boeing this week showcased its new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing cargo air vehicle that can carry a payload of up to 500 pounds. Initial flight tests at Boeing Research & Technology's Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory in Missouri have also been successfully completed. It measures 4.6 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 1.2 meters tall, and weighs 339 kilograms. The craft is operated using an electric propulsion system; Boeing's prototype has eight helicopter-like rotors, allowing for vertical flight.

Chicago-based Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

Specifics related to the drone's top speed and range were not shared. "We'll look back on this day as a major step in that journey".

"Our new CAV prototype builds on Boeing's existing unmanned systems capabilities and presents new possibilities for autonomous cargo delivery, logistics and other transportation applications", said Steve Nordlund, VP of Boeing HorizonX - the manufacturer's venture arm. This could include oil rig and ship resupply, port operations, mining, construction, and logistics companies that move goods between distribution centers. However, that's not too unsurprising, given it's unlikely Boeing will mass produce this particular drone. "Boeing has the regulatory know-how and systematic approach to deliver solutions that will shape the future of autonomous flight".

The drone took, according to TechCrunch, Boeing engineers three months to design and construct.

Boeing researchers will use the prototype as a flying test bed to mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications. It also complements the eVTOL passenger air vehicle prototype in development by Aurora Flight Sciences, the company Boeing acquired previous year.