Boeing has shown an autonomous drone created to carry cargo and bulk shipments with its unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype. Boeing's HorizonX division along with the research and technology group, 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 past year.
"This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy", said Boeing CTO Greg Hyslop.
Boeing today unveiled a giant drone that's capable of lifting a 500 pound payload.
Following a almost three-month development period, the UAV underwent initial tests at a collaborative autonomous systems laboratory in Missouri.
"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", he said.
Powered by an electric propulsion system, the CAV prototype is outfitted with eight rotors allowing for vertical flight.
Boeing HorizonX, which was established in 2017 and is the vehicle in which Boeing makes investments in early-stage businesses, led the CAV prototype project.
"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.
In less than three months, Boeing engineers designed and built the CAV prototype, which stands four feet off the ground, measures 15 by 18 feet and weighs more than 700 pounds.
Chicago-based Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defence, space and security systems.