U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing presents the prototype of an unmanned VTOL model, capable of carrying a payload of up to 225 kilos. The aircraft’s dimensions are 4.57 x 5.49 x 1.22 metres, it weighs 339 kilos and features eight counter rotating blades.
It took engineers and technicians of the Chicago-based group less than 3 months to create the prototype. And according to Boeing, it did already successfully complete initial flight tests at a Boeing R&D site in Missouri.
The so-called Cargo Air Vehicle (CAV) shall help Boeing to further develop its tech for future autonomous and electric-powered aerospace vehicles. Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop states: “This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy. 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.”
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