"This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy", says Boeing CTO Greg Hyslop, regarding the CAV.
"Chicago-based Boeing's development of the environmentally-friendly electric propulsion system comes as the race intensifies to advance battery technology and electric motors to lower flying costs and move away from fossil fuels", Reuters notes. It also complements the eVTOL passenger air vehicle prototype in development by Aurora Flight Sciences, the company Boeing acquired past year.
Boeing has unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing, or eVTOL, cargo air vehicle prototype that it plans to use to test and evolve future autonomous technology.
The CAV prototype achieves vertical flight with eight counter rotating blades. "We'll look back on this day as a major step in that journey". Those specs position Boeing's new drone in the last-mile delivery range, rather than long-distance cargo transport, where drones more closely resemble conventional aircraft.
The aerospace company said that the technology tested on this prototype will "open up new possibilities for delivering time-sensitive and high-value goods, conducting autonomous missions in remote or unsafe environments, and other cargo and logistics applications".More news: Gold Up on Report China May Slow US Treasury Buys
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We have seen quadcopters being used by a number of platforms. "Boeing has an unmatched track record, regulatory know-how, and systematic approach to deliver solutions that will shape the future of autonomous flight", adds Nordlund.
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 new drone is the result of three months of Boeing engineering and design, and it recently finished up successful flight testing at the company's Research & Technology's Collaborative Autonomous Systems lab in Missouri.
Following a almost three-month development period, the UAV underwent initial tests at a collaborative autonomous systems laboratory in Missouri.