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Boeing Unveiled Unmanned Cargo Drone

By Editorial Team on January 12, 2018

Three months. This is amount of time that Boeing’s engineers and technicians needed to design the new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype. This new prototype can carry up to 500 pounds for future cargo and logistics applications.

“This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. “We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we’ll look back on this day as a major step in that journey.” Boeing’s research team will use this prototype to improve autonomous technology for future products.

The drone is much larger than any regular drones: it is 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall and is equipped with eigh rotating blades which make vertical flight possible. The team recently conducted a first series of test flights at Boeing’s research lab in Missouri. The company did not communicate any commercialization date but intends to build the future of autonomous air travel and transportation.

“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, Boeing HorizonX vice president. “The safe integration of unmanned aerial systems is vital to unlocking their full potential. Boeing has an unmatched track record, regulatory know-how and systematic approach to deliver solutions that will shape the future of autonomous flight.”

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