Boeing built a giant drone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo

Boeing built a giant drone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo

Boeing's revealed it hastily-cobbled-together a cargo drone.

The technology is known as electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) and the vehicle is known as the cargo air vehicle. "We'll look back on this day as a major step in that journey".

Boeing has unveiled a new unmanned cargo air vehicle (CAV), basically a drone that could transport 500 pounds or 226 kilos worth of goods. The vehicle is equipped with eight counter-rotating propellers and is 15 feet long and 18 feet wide. Commenting on the development, Boeing chief technology officer Greg Hyslop told The Verge: "This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy".

Cargo is not the only one Boeing is interested in transporting using VTOL technology. They are most commonly used by media outlets.


The aerospace company expects that once mature, the technology tested on this prototype will revolutionize time-sensitive deliveries, particularly in unsafe environments and areas lacking proper transportation infrastructure. However, that's not too unsurprising, given it's unlikely Boeing will mass produce this particular drone.

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.

"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, Boeing HorizonX vice president in an official statement. "Boeing has the regulatory know-how and systematic approach to deliver solutions that will shape the future of autonomous flight". The prototype has recently completed a successful test mission at Boeing's research lab in Missouri. This market is of great interest not only to express carriers, but also to e-tailers such as Seattle-based Amazon.com and Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com, which are constantly exploring methods of reducing fulfillment and delivery costs against a backdrop of growing demand for e-commerce deliveries.

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