Boeing develops unmanned cargo air vehicle prototype


Boeing has uncovered the prototype of a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) to exam and advance the company’s autonomy technology to be used in future aerospace agencies.

The prototype is capable of carrying payloads weighing up to 500lb to potentially to the future cargo and logistics sectors.

Completed within a three-month spell, the CAV prototype has already been tested in an initial flight conducted at Boeing Exploration and Technology’s Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory situated in Missouri, US.

“The allowable integration of unmanned aerial systems is vital to unlocking their comprehensive potential.”

The prototype is powered by an environmentally-friendly electric propulsion system and is supplied with eight counter-rotating blades to enable vertical flight.

The 339kg norm is 15ft-long, 18ft-wide and 4ft-tall.

Boeing HorizonX has collaborated with Boeing Enquiry and Technology to develop the CAV prototype, which is expected to be used as a flying exam bed to mature autonomous technology for future applications.

Boeing HorizonX vice-president Steve Nordlund answered: “Our new CAV prototype builds on Boeing’s existing unmanned systems capabilities and mounts new possibilities for autonomous cargo delivery, logistics and other transportation applications.

“The whole integration of unmanned aerial systems is vital to unlocking their sated potential.”

The new CAV prototype complements the eVTOL passenger air vehicle prototype aircraft, which is currently protection development by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences.

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