Boeing: eVtol Cav prototype aircraft tested
New platform for autonomous transport of the future -VIDEO
Boeing has completed recently its first test flight on its experimental prototype aircraft, that is Electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV), aircraft without pilot at remote control with vertical-take-off and landing capabilities. An innovative platform on which the industry is accelerating the advances, designed to test and evolve the autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles.
In less than three months, Boeing engineers designed and built this CAV prototype, lifted from ground for about four feet. It measures 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall, and weighs 747 pounds, equipped with counter rotating blades and personalized batteries allowing for vertical flight.
The researchers, according to a note, "are modifying the prototype operated by remote control in an autonomous aircraft able to lift and transport a payload up to 500 pounds. A technology that offers new possibilities for the deliveries of goods perceivable at time factor, and the high value, with possibility to conduct autonomous missions in remote and dangerous environments. Or usable in other applications".
Below, the video:
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