Boeing's Cargo Drone Prototype Is Huge

Marco Green
January 13, 2018

The manufacturer said this new unmanned, electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft prototype is also a test bed for future vehicles.

The cargo air vehicle (CAV) is created to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications, Boeing said.

On Wednesday January 10 Boeing tweeted out a video of its newest autonomous air vehicle.

Even though it is now controlled by a remote, The makers intend to use it as a flying test bed for the development of autonomous technologies and electric propulsion.

The CAV is powered by an electric propulsion system and outfitted with eight counter-rotating propellers, allowing for vertical and horizontal flight. The batteries are a proprietary Boeing design and there look to be four of them spaced around the body of the CAV. 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).

Specifics related to the drone's top speed and range were not shared.

"This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy", said Boeing CTO Greg Hyslop. However, that's not too unsurprising, given it's unlikely Boeing will mass produce this particular drone.

Cargo is not the only one Boeing is interested in transporting using VTOL technology. "Boeing has an unmatched track record, regulatory know-how and systematic approach to deliver solutions that will shape the future of autonomous flight".

According to Boeing, the CAV project took less than three months to complete.

Aurora Flight Sciences is an aviation and aeronautics research company, which partnered with Uber to develop a network of "flying taxis".

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