Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle, Image/Boeing
Chicago-based Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently revealed a new “unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype.” Designed and built at the Boeing Research & Technology’s Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory in Missouri, the cargo vehicle will deliver “payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications.”
Powered by an environmentally-friendly electric propulsion system, the cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype developed and designed by Boeing HorizonX, has eight counter rotating blades allowing for vertical flight, 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).
The CAV research and development will most likely accelerate autonomous technology and electric propulsion for future applications. As Steve Nordlund, Boeing HorizonX vice president stated:
“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.”