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Boeing unveils logistics CAV prototype

16th January 2018 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing has introduced a prototype for an unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) that will be used in the development of autonomous technology for future aerospace vehicles, the company announced on 10 January.

The CAV is powered by an electric propulsion system and has a payload capacity of upto 500lbs for cargo and logistics applications.

The CAV has successfully completed initial flight tests. Boeing HorizonX, with its partners in Boeing Research and Technology, led the development of the CAV prototype, which complements the eVTOL passenger air vehicle prototype aircraft in development by Aurora Flight Sciences.

The CAV prototype is outfitted with eight counter rotating blades allowing for vertical flight. It measures 15ft long (4.57 metres), 18ft wide (5.49 metres), 4ft tall (1.22 meters), and weighs 747lbs.

Steve Nordlund, VP of Boeing HorizonX, said: ‘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.

‘The safe integration of UAS is vital to unlocking their full potential. 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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