Boeing has announced it has produced cargo UAV prototype to test the company’s autonomy technology for what it calls “future aerospace vehicles”.
The Boeing cargo UAV is a vertical take-off and landing powered by an electric engine designed to transport a payload up to 500lb for possible future cargo and logistics applications.
Boeing said a team across the company designed and built the cargo air vehicle prototype in less than three months, and that it has successfully completed initial flight tests at Boeing Research and Technology’s Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory in Missouri.
A company statement said: “Boeing researchers will use the prototype as a flying test bed to mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications.”
The unmanned cargo air vehicle prototype is outfitted with eight counter rotating blades allowing for vertical flight. It measures 15ft (4.5m) in length, 18ft (5.4m) in width and 4ft (1.2m) in height, weighing 747lb (339kg).