The vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft was designed by Boeing to carry up to 500 pounds (227kg) of cargo.
The Boeing eVTOL cargo air vehicle prototype will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles say the company.
“This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. “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.”
The prototype successfully completed initial flight tests at Boeing Research & Technology’s Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory in Missouri. Now, Boeing researchers will use the prototype as a flying test bed to mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications according to a pres release.
“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.
“The safe integration of unmanned aerial systems 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.”