Boeing unveils autonomous electric cargo drone prototype

Boing Electric Cargo Vehicle

Source Boeing Rendering of a new prototype for a Boeing unmanned electric cargo air vehicle

Boeing has revealed a new electric unmanned aerial vehicle prototype developed to serve as a test bed for the company's future autonomous and electric propulsion technologies.

Greg Hyslop, chief technology officer of Boeing, said the platform represents a step in the company's eVTOL strategy.

The CAV will complement the electric-powered, vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) prototype in development by Boeing's newly-acquired Aurora Flight Sciences.

Boeing today unveiled a giant drone that's capable of lifting a 500 pound payload. "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".

It took less than three months for a team of Boeing engineers and technicians to design and build the CAV prototype.

The company conducted initial test flights of the CAV at its autonomous systems lab in Missouri. Boeing HorizonX, with its partners in Boeing Research & Technology, led the development of the CAV prototype, which complements the eVTOL passenger air vehicle prototype aircraft in development by Aurora Flight Sciences, a company acquired by Boeing late previous year. "Boeing has an unmatched track record, regulatory know-how and systematic approach to deliver solutions that will shape the future of autonomous flight", says Steve Nordlund, Boeing HorizonX vice-president. It measures 15 feet long (4.57 meters), 18 feet wide (5.49 meters), and 4 feet tall (1.22 meters), and weighs 747 pounds (339 kilograms). It is outfitted with eight counter-rotating propeller blades and custom Boeing batteries that allow for vertical flight.

Established in 1916, the Chicago-based Boeing is the world's leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

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