BOE­ING UN­VEILS NEW UN­MANNED CARGO AIR VE­HI­CLE PRO­TO­TYPE

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Boe­ing un­veiled a new un­manned elec­tric ver­ti­cal-take­off-and-land­ing (eVTOL) cargo air ve­hi­cle (CAV) pro­to­type that will be used to test and evolve Boe­ing’s au­ton­omy tech­nol­ogy for fu­ture aero­space ve­hi­cles. It is de­signed to trans­port a pay­load up to 500 pounds for pos­si­ble 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.”

In less than three months, a team of engi­neers and tech­ni­cians across the com­pany de­signed and built the CAV pro­to­type. It suc­cess­fully com­pleted ini­tial flight tests at Boe­ing Re­search & Tech­nol- ogy’s Col­lab­o­ra­tive Au­tonomous Sys­tems Lab­o­ra­tory in Mis­souri.

Pow­ered by an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly elec­tric propul­sion sys­tem, the CAV pro­to­type is out­fit­ted with eight counter ro­tat­ing blades al­low­ing for ver­ti­cal flight. 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).

Chicago-based Boe­ing is the world’s largest aero­space com­pany and lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of com­mer­cial jet­lin­ers and de­fense, space and se­cu­rity sys­tems. A top US ex­porter, the com­pany sup­ports air­lines and US and al­lied gov­ern­ment cus­tomers in 150 coun­tries.

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