Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Giant drone can carry 500 pounds of cargo

Giant drone can carry 500 pounds of cargo

It is created to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications.

The unmanned cargo aerial vehicle (CAV) prototype is much larger than anything you can find in a store.

The aerospace giant, which calls the prototype unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL), says it was made as a precursor to Boeing's autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. "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. Both companies say their drones are meant to be able to deliver goods within at least a 10-mile radius. The prototype would be powered by an environmentally friendly electric propulsion system and outfitted with eight counter-rotating blades. It measures 15 (4.57 meters) by 18 (5.49 meters) by four (1.22 meters) feet, weighs almost 750 pounds (340 kg), and is powered by an electric propulsion system that allows it to vertically take off and land.

Boeing's said nothing about speed or range, so it's hard to assess whether the prototype will be decent competition for conventional transport.

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Greg Hyslop, chief technology officer of Boeing, said the platform represents a step in the company's eVTOL strategy. "We fully expect partners around the world will create new ways of applying this technology".

Firstly, Boeing will use the prototype as a "flying test bed" to develop its autonomous technology for future applications.

The drone took, according to TechCrunch, Boeing engineers three months to design and construct. "Boeing has an unmatched track record, regulatory know-how and systematic approach to deliver solutions that will shape the future of autonomous flight".

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